Feb. 16 - US Secretary of State John Kerry visits Istiqlal Mosque as part of his trip to Indonesia. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
United States of Secretary of State John Kerry visits the Istiqlal mosque during a trip to Indonesia on Sunday (February 16). He toured the mosque with Grand Imam of Istiqlal Mosque, Ali Mustafa Yaqub and commented that he was grateful for the opportunity. Later, Kerry is expected to co-chair the Joint Commission Meeting under the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership and meet the secretary general of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Kerry has faced criticism for the amount of time he has devoted to peace efforts in the Middle East rather than the rebalancing of military and economic focus toward Asia in reaction to the growing clout of China. Concerns about U.S. commitments to the region were highlighted in October when Obama called off plans to attend two summits in Asia because of a budget crisis at home. The trip, which runs from February 13 to Feb. 18, will be Kerry's fifth visit to Asia since he became secretary of state just over a year ago, and comes before a planned visit by President Barack Obama in April to promote a strategic U.S. "pivot" to the region announced in 2011.