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Bush, Megawati Reaffirm Anti-Terrorism Commitment - 2003-10-22


President Bush has wrapped up a three-and-a-half hour trip to Bali to thank Indonesia for its stand against terrorism. Mr. Bush also stressed a shared commitment to democracy and religious tolerance.

Mr. Bush says his visit to Bali Wednesday was short but productive.

At a news conference with Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, Mr. Bush stressed what America has in common with the world's most populous Muslim nation.

"We share a commitment to democracy and tolerance. We stand together against terrorism," Mr. Bush said.

Mr. Bush also met with Muslim leaders to underscore the fight against terrorism is not targeted at Islam, which he says has been defiled by terrorists misusing religion.

Mr. Bush also pledged to help Indonesia's fledging democracy in next year's elections.

Security was extremely tight. Bali was hit by Asia's worst terrorist attack last year. Jemaah Islamiyah bombed a nightclub, killing 202 people -mostly Western tourists. Indonesia has tried and convicted most of those responsible.

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