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Indonesia to play mediator between Riyadh and Tehran

JAKARTA: Indonesia wants to mediate between Saudi Arabia and Iran in the hope of preserving peace in the Middle East, an Indonesian official said on Tuesday, warning that the impact of war between the neighbors would have a global impact.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi will travel to the Middle East this week to meet heads of state of both countries. “Indonesia is ready to play a role to help the process and whatever needs to be done to maintain peace and stability in the region,” ministry spokesman Armanatha Nasir said.

“Because if it is not maintained, the impact is not just for the region, but there will be a global impact,” he said.

Indonesia hoped the two sides could resolve their difference amicably, he said.

Indonesia has the world’s largest population of Muslims, but it seldom plays a prominent role in the Islamic world.

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