(Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron inspects an honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in Jakarta April 11, 2012. REUTERS/Supri )

Indonesia’s respect for democracy and minority religious groups should serve as an example for other Muslim nations, British Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech in Jakarta, capital of the world’s most populous Muslim country.

Cameron called on groups such as Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has a conservative vision of Islam, to look to Indonesia’s for tips on nation building following the Arab Spring that toppled long-time Middle Eastern autocrats.

“What Indonesia is showing is that it is possible to develop a democracy and a modern economy that neither compromises people’s security nor their ability to practise their religion,” Cameron said, according to an advance text of his speech.

“This has huge implications for others seeking the same fundamental freedoms in places like Egypt, Iran and Syria.”