Alwi Shihab, the Indonesian president’s adviser and special envoy to the Middle East and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, called for facilitating the entry of Indonesian citizens heading to visit the religious shrines in Iraq, a statement by Iraq's prime minister said.
During his meeting with Iraq's Adil Abd al-Mahdi on Thursday in Baghdad, Shihab also urged organizing regular flights in this regard, adding that it would promote tourism and the bilateral ties between the two Muslim peoples.
He also expressed his country's desire to increase cooperation with Iraq in the fields of economy, energy and investment.
The Indonesian envoy said that his country reviews Iraq as a successful example of countering terrorism and extremism, defeating them, and thwarting its evil designs and actions that harm the image of Islam.
For his part, Abd al-Mahdi expressed Iraq's desire to benefit from Indonesia's successful experiment, which led to the country's economic renaissance, the statement read.
"Indonesia is the largest Islamic country. We cherish its economic growth and feel the rapprochement between the two countries and the two peoples, and look forward to benefiting from its successful experience," Abd al-Mahdi said.
The prime minister urged cooperation between the Islamic countries to fight ISIS, describing it as "cancer." He also called for eradicating the ISIS's ideology.