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RI to attend Washington meeting next month

  • Erwida Maulia and Adianto P. Simamora

    THE JAKARTA POST

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 30 2009   /  10:02 am

US President Barack Obama has invited the leaders of 17 major economies, including Indonesia, to attend a new international forum on climate change in Washington in late April. Indonesia will be the only Southeast Asian country attending the forum, alongside other emerging economies such as China, India, Mexico and Brazil. Presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said his office had received the invitation but President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono would not be attending. Instead, State Minister for the Environment Rachmat Witoelar will be sent to Washington. “Yes, we were invited and we will send a representative to the meeting,” Dino told The Jakarta Post on Sunday. The Major Economics Forum on Energy and Climate, due to be held on April 27-28, is expected to speed up the development of a key UN accord to replace the Kyoto Protocol, which expires in 2012. “...