Indonesian president regrets Pope's Islam comment

September 17, 2006 09:06


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Indonesia's president said he regrets Pope Benedict XVI's recent comments about Islam and hopes the Vatican will take corrective measures to ease tensions, media reports said Sunday. "As the head of state, I regret the pope's statement. It was unwise and inappropriate," President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters Saturday on the sidelines of the Nonaligned Movement summit in Havana, the Kompas daily reported. The pope's comments disrupted efforts to build and develop inter-religious dialogue, said Yudhoyono, the leader of the world's most populous Muslim country. Yudhoyono also called on Indonesian Muslims to restrain themselves and maintain religious harmony in the country.

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