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He described Saudi Arabia as having an essential role as it was one of the first states to recognize the independence of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country.

The visit also saw the signing of several memorandums of understanding, including a RM31-billion Share Purchase Agreement between Saudi Aramco and Petronas.

Along with the 459 tons of precious cargo, Jasa Angkasa Semesta (JAS) airport handlers have dedicated 572 members of staff to deal with the huge entourage of 620 people, 800 delegates, and 25 princes accompanying the King.

King Salman has already visited Malaysia and is due to visit Brunei, Japan, China and the Maldives next. Malaysia is detailing its military cooperation with Saudi Arabia in various aspects, including the possibility of training the navy personnel of the Gulf country in skills to operate submarines.

The king was whisked off in a heavily secured convoy to a presidential palace in Bogor, outside of Jakarta, where tens of thousands of people, many of them schoolchildren, lined the route.

Malaysia was the first destination for King Salman on his month-long Asian tour. The King needed a whole bunch of things to travel.

The king's visit to Indonesia also comes as fringe Islamist extremist groups grow in influence and Muslim leaders take an increasingly strict line on Islamic issues, which is at odds with Indonesia's traditional brand of moderate Islam. He will spend six of his nine days in Indonesia vacationing on the resort island of Bali, a predominantly Hindu part of the Indonesian archipelago.

Indonesia hopes to attract billions of dollars of investment from the kingdom, though the trip will also focus on building cultural and religious ties and promoting education.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Indonesian President Joko Widodo walk under umbrellas in heavy rain upon arrival at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, Indonesia March 1, 2017.

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