Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Monday called for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to immediately resign, in order to create peace in the country, Indonesian presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said here.
President Yudhoyono made the statement during his meeting with religious leaders from Saudi Arabia, Syekh Muhammad Ali Ash- Shobuni and Ahmad Mujahid bin Muhammad Ali Ash-Shobuni, and religious leaders from Indonesia and Malaysia in the palace at the botanical garden in Bogor town near Jakarta, the spokesman said.
"President Yudhoyono said that president Assad should step-down because Syria needs another leader that love his people much, that would pave effort to create peace and the situation will be improved," Pasha said at the palace in a botanical garden in Bogor town here.
Indonesia has long involved in the efforts to build peace in Syria, including sending observers.
The president said that the other reason for the need of peace in Syria was to save the cultural heritage in the country, according to Pasha.
"As we know that Syria is one of the center of Islamic cultural centers in the world, this could be destroyed should the deteriorating situation keeps happening in Syria," he said.