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Jakarta Post

When will Barack Obama eventually visit Indonesia?

  • Awidya Santikajaya

Washington,DC   /   Fri, August 6 2010   /  09:29 am

Indonesian press did not pay attention so much on the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s statement at the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Hanoi last week. Hillary Clinton saidPresident Obama expressed interest in attending the 2011 East Asia Summit (EAS) in Jakarta. The US, together with Russia, has been formally invited by ASEAN foreign ministers to join the EAS. As Rizal Sukma wrote in this newspaper, I also agree that the good intention of both countries should be welcomed.But, Clinton’s statement creates another curiosity. If President Obama will visit Jakarta next year, does it mean he will perpetuate his serial postponement of visiting Indonesia? Last June the president re-scheduled his visit to November 2010. It will not be impossible for him to visit Indonesia twice during his term. However, weighing the US priorities on foreign policy, it unlikely
will happen.Above al...