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Moderate Islam garners Pence's praise in Jakarta

He talks cooperation, security, trade with leader of Indonesia

By MATTHEW PENNINGTON and KEN THOMAS The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 21, 2017 at 2:46 a.m. Updated April 21, 2017 at 2:46 a.m.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, center, is given a tour by the Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque Nasaruddin Umar, left, and the Chairman of the mosque Muhammad Muzammil Basyuni, right, during his visit to the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2017.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday praised Indonesia's democracy and moderate form of Islam alongside the president of the world's most populous Muslim nation, reinforcing his message with a visit to the region's largest mosque.

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