Obama delays visit to Indonesia, Australia

11:52, March 13, 2010      

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President Barack Obama, will delay his three-stop visit to Asia and Australia until March 21 to focus on the final push to rescue health care legislation, a senior official said Friday.

Obama, who was scheduled to visit Guam, Indonesia and Australia from March 18-24, would instead visit from March 21-26 so that he can stay in Washington to push the contentious health care reforms, The Associated Press reported, citing a senior administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House hadn't announced the delay.

In Indonesia, where Obama spent several years as a youngster, the president will launch a comprehensive partnership with the world's most populous Muslim country.

In Australia, Obama was expected to mark the 70th anniversary of U.S.-Australia relations and discuss mutual concerns, including nuclear nonproliferation, with Australian leaders. In the U.S. territory of Guam, the president will meet with military personnel.

Source: Xinhua
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