President Ahmadinejad leaves Jakarta for island of Bali

(IRNA.IR) - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran left Indonesian capital, Jakarta, Friday afternoon for the island of Bali where he will participate in the fifth summit of D-8 (group of eight Muslim developing countries) set to begin on Saturday.

The president arrived in Jakarta on Wednesday heading a high- ranking politico-economic delegation and held separate meetings with senior officials of the country including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, reports Trend.

The D-8 held its first summit in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1994 and its last meeting was held in Tehran, Iran, in 2003.

During the upcoming summit, Iran will submit the group's rotating presidency

to Indonesia.

Indonesia, with a population of over 900 million, is the world's most populous Muslim state. It has good relations with Iran and both are members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).

While in Jakarta, President Ahmadinejad attended a press conference, met with a number of Indonesian Muslim scholars, academics and elites and attended Friday prayers ceremony in a mosque at the Indonesian capital.

Prior to leaving Jakarta, he met with a number of Indonesian religious leaders and students of theological schools.

The president stressed that the power of Islam was not a threat to any country but "is instead in favor of the global peace." He added that the time has come for promotion of Islam throughout the world and collapse of all colonial powers.

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