Vice President of the United States (US) Michael R. Pence delivered a speech in the Business Leaders and Commercial Deal Signing, Jakarta, Friday (21/4). Michael R. Pence visits Indonesia to discuss a strategic cooperation between Indonesia and Americal, starting from democracy, world peace, to trade cooperation between both countries. (ANTARA)
JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS - The visit of the United States Vice President Mike Pence to Indonesia is not all about politics and economy. Mike also visits Indonesia to discuss religious matters, particularly the US action against Islam.
The House’s Commission I member Sukamta considers that Mike Pence’s visit to Indonesia becomes a moment for the US to explain their action against Islam under the leadership of President Donald Trump.
"First, it’s related to the executive order from President Donald Trump that forbids immigrant from six Muslim countries to visit the US," Sukamta said at the Parliament Complex, Senayan, Jakarta, Thursday (20/4).
Sukamta said that the executive order is a form of discrimination that violates the principles of human rights. It could worsen the relationship between the US and Moslem majority countries, including Indonesia.
According to him, the executive order could increase Islamophobia in western countries. The sentiment against Muslims would increase with the excessive distrust from the US government.
Sukamta also said that the US has attacked Syria with a bomb without asking permission from the UN. Sukamta considers that the involvement of third parties would make it hard to resolve the war in Syria. "It would worsen the complicated situation in the Middle East," he said.
Speaking about Islam in Indonesia, Mike Pence appreciates the harmonious relationship between religious people in Indonesia. "In your and my country, religion unites people, not separate them. It gives hope for us and the future," Pence said at the State Palace.
The Foreign Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir also delivered the similar statement. He said that Pence appreciates the harmonious relationship between religious people in Indonesia. According to Pence, it could inspire the world.
Tata said Pence’s visit shows the trust of the US new administration to Indonesia.
Although he delivers a positive statement about Islam, Pence also asserts that the US has a strong commitment to counter terrorism. Therefore, the US and Indonesia strengthens their cooperation to fight terrorism.
Regarding terrorism, Pence also expressed his condolence to the terror that killed five people in Jakarta happened in January 2016. According to Pence, the terror related to ISIS is not a new issue in America. "Under the leadership of President Trump, we’re committed to collaborating to maintain the security of people in both countries," he said. (dtc)