Obama, first lady visit Indonesia's largest mosque

November 10, 2010 04:22

JAKARTA, Indonesia— US President Barack Obama paid a visit to Indonesia's largest mosque, one of the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia on Wednesday.

Obama and his wife, Michelle, walked in stockinged feet along a carpet laid across the sprawling courtyard of the Istiqlal Mosque. Along the way, the mosque's imam explained that a Christian church visible in the distance uses the mosque's parking lot during Christmas celebrations because it doesn't have enough parking.A smiling Obama then relayed that story to reporters. He called it an example of cooperation between the different religions in Indonesia, a predominantly Muslim country.

Obama visited the mosque Wednesday before a scheduled speech to the Indonesian people.

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