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US Vice President Mike Pence talks to Chief Imam Nasaruddin Umar during his visit to the Istiqlal Mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia April 20, 2017.

AFP/Getty Images Indonesia's President Joko Widodo met with US Vice President Mike Pence in Jakarta on Thursday. Pence praised Indonesia's democracy and moderate form of Islam on Thursday alongside the president of the world's most populous Muslim nation, reinforcing his message with a visit to the region's largest mosque.

"As the largest majority Muslim country, Indonesia's tradition of modern Islam, frankly, is the inspiration to the world", he said.

Pence foreshadowed the potential for trade negotiations with Indonesia, and Widodo said that come next month the nations will establish a team to "discuss the arrangement of trade and investment bilateral between the countries based on the principles of win-win solution".

The Foreign Ministry said that Indonesia and the United States under President Donald Trump are committed to building a strong partnership.

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Pence embarked on his Asia Pacific tour last week and has so far visited South Korea, Japan and Indonesia.

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Indonesia's investments barriers include a lack of intellectual property protection, insufficient transparency with regulations and requiring local content for manufactured goods sold in the Indonesian market, Pence said.

Pence said the U.S. will continue to work with Indonesia to defend the rule of law that is the foundation of Southeast Asia's peace and prosperity.

Despite the disagreements, observers say the relationship between Washington and Jakarta will continue to grow closer, and that is certainly what both nations interests would suggest.

Pence said in opening remarks to the roundtable that an attack in central Paris is the latest reminder terrorism can strike anywhere at anytime, and the United States would not relent in its efforts to end terrorism.

He said President Donald Trump and himself try to expand trade relations with this nation.

The 11 deals are expected to be signed with companies including Exxon Mobil, Lockheed Martin and General Electric. Though officials had been indicating that Trump would eventually commit to attend, making the official announcement in Indonesia -which has traditionally been seen as a leader within ASEAN and Southeast Asia - and after meeting ASEAN officials, carried a significance of its own (See: "Trump's Real ASEAN Test").

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