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Backbone of the Region

However, this situation does not change the close relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia. Both share the same culture. The majority of the population of both countries also adheres to Islam.

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This handout photograph released by Indonesia's Presidential Palace and taken on November 10, 2021, shows Indonesian President Joko Widodo (R) and Malaysian Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yakoob (L) gesturing as they pose for photographers during a bilateral meeting in Bogor, West Java.

The Republic of Indonesia and Malaysia are the backbone of stability in Southeast Asia. Relations between the two countries determine the condition of the region.

Indonesian vice president from 2009 to 2014, Boediono, when giving a speech at a university in Australia in 2013 said, "We can choose our friends, but we can't choose our neighbors." The statement illustrates that the presence of a country as a neighbor cannot be changed. This means that Indonesia cannot reject countries as its neighbors.

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