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Indonesian President makes landmark visit to Iran

TEHRAN, Mar. 10 (Mehr News Agency) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono arrived in Tehran on Monday for a three-day visit during which he plans to hold talks with top Iranian officials on ways to improve bilateral relations.

Yudhoyono is also expected to discuss a $2 billion agreement with Iran on building an oil refinery with a capacity of 200,000 barrels per day in the Banten province of Indonesia.

The visit follows and invitation by Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad who proposed an energy agreement, estimated at $4 billion, during a trip to Jakarta last year.

The Republic of Indonesia is a nation in Southeast Asia. Comprising 17,508 islands, it is the world's largest archipelagic state.

Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority nation with a population of over 234 million people.

It is a republic, with an elected parliament and president. The nation's capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, the Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

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