Muslim population is Indonesia`s strength: President

Serang, Banten (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) stated that the Indonesian Muslim population, which reaches 220 million, serves as the countrys potential and strength.

"This is the potential and strength that other countries do not have. We have 220 Muslims out of our 250 million population," he said, while addressing the 124th anniversary of the death of Syekh Muhammad Nawawi Al-Bantani at An Nawawi Islamic boarding school in Serang district, Banten province, on Friday night.

He noted that he always promotes Indonesia as the worlds largest Muslim country at every meeting with leaders of other countries.

"When I met Syekh Tamim of Qatar, Syekh Muhammad of United Arab Emirates, and King Salman of Saudi Arabia, I always talk about this," he remarked.

The president stated that at every summit, he will touch on the matter.

"Indonesia is the worlds largest Muslim country. I will always speak of this everywhere," he asserted.

Also present at the event were chief of the Islamic boarding school Prof KH Maruf Amin, who is also the chairman of the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI), Banten Governor Wahidin Halim, Chief of the Presidential Staffs Office Teten Masduki, Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin, and Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil.(*)