Clinton: Improve U.S. Image with Muslims

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is looking to boost America's ties with Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

"Building a comprehensive partnership with Indonesia is a critical step on behalf of the United States commitment to smart power to. speak to a country that has demonstrated that Islam and modernity can not only co-exist but thrive together," Clinton said.

Mrs. Clinton met with the country's Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda.

Wirajuda said his country could help the U.S. repair relations with Islamic countries strained by the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Indonesia can be a good partner for the U.S. to reach out to the Muslim world," he said.

Before arriving in Indonesia, Clinton was asked about terrorism causing Americans to have anti-Muslim prejudice.

Critical of Christianity

Her answer was critical of Christianity.

"I am a Christian, Mrs. Clinton said. "Through the centuries we have had many people who have done terrible things in the name of Christianity. They have perverted the religion."

Indonesia is the second stop in Clinton's first overseas trip as the top U.S. diplomat.

Clinton also said the administration is working with the government in Jakarta to bring the Peace Corps program back to the region. The program in Indonesia was discontinued in the 1960s.

But the journey to Indonesia is being met with protests. Security had been tightened in advance of Clinton's arrival.

A group of Muslim college students rallied against Clinton outside the presidential palace in Jakarta. Some threw shoes at a caricature of Clinton, and others held anti-American banners.

Sources: CBN News, Aljazeera, Wall Street Journal, AHN

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