Indonesian Catholic pastor says Saudi King Salman is ‘face of peaceful Islam’

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A Roman Catholic priest in Indonesia’s Bali island has praised King Salman saying he conveys the “true face of peaceful Islam”.

Saudi King Salman was welcomed at Bali airport on Saturday by Indonesia’s Tourism Minister Arif Yahya and local religious figures including Pastor Evensius Dewantara Boli Daton.

The Christian pastor, known locally as Father Venus Dewantara, said: “King Salman came along accompanied by the serenity of Islam and leads by example to tackle religious turmoil we are witnessing in this country. Let’s look at this king who is embracing all other religions.”

King Salman has greeted six religious representatives so far during his visit to Bali and Dewantara said the Saudi Monarch “is highly applauded by them”.

“As a result of this visit, we hope to build good relations based on mutual trust between each other and maintain solidarity which is the base of unity,” he added.

Dewantara, who studied the Arabic language in Egypt, concluded saying: “We have to maintain and stand up for that Islam came as a mercy to the world.”

King Salman is back in Indonesia for a visit to the island of Bali after spending time in Brunei and Malaysia over the past week.

He due to visit Japan, China, the Maldives and Jordan next, “to meet with the leaders of those countries to discuss bilateral relations and regional and international issues of common concern”.

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