Pence reaffirms ties in Indonesia

Pence reaffirms ties in Indonesia
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Vice President Mike PenceMike (Michael) Richard PenceSelf-proclaimed EU ambassador candidate was never considered: report McConnell: CBO analysis for House bill will repeat 'things we already know' Trump, Clinton campaign aides launch their own bids MORE on Thursday lauded Indonesia for its "tradition of moderate Islam" and democratic values, The Associated Press reported.

"As the second- and third-largest democracies in the world, our two countries share many common values including freedom, the rule of law, human rights and religious diversity," Pence said during a visit with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo. "The United States is proud to partner with Indonesia. It promotes and protects these values."

"Indonesia's tradition of moderate Islam, frankly, is an inspiration to the world, and we commend you and your people," he continued. "In your nation as in mine, religion unifies, it doesn't divide."

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The vice president is on a tour across Asia, where he's looking to reinforce a number of U.S. partnerships amid President Trump's rhetoric calling for a shakeup in U.S. foreign policy and a re-evaluation of international trade agreements.

Pence in Jakarta also echoed Trump's calls for fair trade deals, saying that any economic relationship between the U.S. and Indonesia should create jobs in both countries and result in a "win-win" scenario.