President Barack Obama has used his state visit to Indonesia to reach out once again to the Islamic world.
The US leader and his wife visited Jakarta and Southeast Asia’s largest mosque shortly before delivering a major speech at the University of Indonesia.
His message – to show Muslims that he is determined to keep the Middle East peace process at the forefront of his foreign policy.
“In the Middle East, we have faced false starts and setbacks, but we have been persistent in our pursuit of peace,” said President Obama. “Israelis and Palestinians have started direct talks, but enormous obstacles remain.”
Obama’s trip has also been an opportunity to revisit a country he spent four years in as a child.
One aspect he said he cherished was the religious tolerance shown by the people in the largely Muslim nation.