Saudi king arrives in Indonesia amid tight security

By REUTERS
March 1, 2017 10:26
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Saudi Arabia's King Salman on Wednesday landed at a military airbase in the capital of Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority country, to kick off the longest leg of a month-long trip across Asia.

The visit is the first by a Saudi monarch in nearly five decades and will see the two nations sign a pact to combat terrorism, according to the Saudi envoy to Indonesia.

The octogenarian King Salman descended slowly on his personal escalator from the plane before being met by Indonesian President Joko Widodo who escorted him along a red carpet flanked by guards to a limousine.

The king is accompanied by an entourage that Indonesian officials have said could number up to 1,500. His party is bringing 459 tons of luggage and equipment, including two luxury cars, according to media.

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