Muslim meeting urges U.S. troops to leave Iraq

Around 20 Muslim clerics from around the world called on Wednesday for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

Muslim meeting urges U.S. troops to leave Iraq

Around 20 Muslim clerics from around the world called onWednesday for the withdrawal of U.S.troops from Iraq.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono hosted the gathering aimed at encouragingreconciliation in Iraq as part of efforts to see Indonesia, the world's mostpopulous Muslim nation, take a bigger role in global issues and in particularin the Middle East.

"The conference urged the withdrawal of foreign coalition forces led bythe U.S.in a timely, orderly and peaceful manner," the meeting's closingstatement, which was in Arabic, said.

Hasyim Muzadi, a cleric who leads Indonesia's largest Muslimorganization, the 40-million strong Nahdlatul Ulama, said, the "the roadahead is long."

"This international conference is only at a mapping stage in whichthere was a collective will. It is useful because we came to the samevision," he told a closing news conference in the white-paintedpresidential palace in Bogor.

"The second step is how we consult significant parties that have rolesin reducing tension," said Muzadi, who described the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq as"the biggest aggression against a nation" this century.

Yudhoyono said in a speech at the opening of the conference on Tuesday thatMuslim nations should ultimately replace U.S.-led forces in Iraq after aperiod of national reconciliation.

Some Bush policies, especially in the Middle East, are deeply unpopular in Indonesia,where 85 percent of the population follows Islam. Jakartaand most Indonesians have consistently criticized the U.S.-led military invasionand presence in Iraq.

 

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