U.S. President to visit Indonesia on March 20-22

21:10, February 11, 2010      

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U.S. President Barack Obama and his family will visit Indonesia from March 20 to 22, Indonesia Law and Human Rights Minister Patrialis Akbar said on Thursday.

During his visit, President Obama will visit the school where he had spent parts of his childhood in Jakarta, the world's biggest temple of Borobudur in Central Java and Yogyakarta province, the minister said at a press conference held at the State Palace.

"This is an honor for us," he said.

Obama was born in Hawaii, and from 1967 he spent four years of his childhood in Jakarta after his divorced mother married an Indonesian.

At the press conference, Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Djoko Suyanto said that President Obama will have a meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and visit the hero cemetery of Kalibata in the city.

The security of the president will involve Indonesian armed forces and police, said Suyanto. But he could not confirm the number of the personnel.

"The security would be relied mostly on the armed forces and it will be backed up by police," said Suyanto.

Minister Patrialis said that there will be seven agreements to be signed during the visit. Among them will be agreements in the sector of technology and environment.

The visit has been awaited in Indonesia since the inauguration of Obama, which has been hailed in Indonesia as the beginning of a new era in the U.S. diplomacy.

Source: Xinhua
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