US President Barack Obama will travel to Indonesia and Australia in the second half of March, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says.
Gibbs said that while in Indonesia, Obama will launch a US-Indonesian partnership aimed at broadening and strengthening ties between the United States and the country that his home to the world’s largest Muslim population.
It is set to be an emotional visit to Indonesia for the President, who lived in Jakarta with his mother in the ’60s.
Whilst in Australia: “What we’ll be spending our time doing is looking at the future of our security relationship, the challenges of terrorism, but also, this is the biggest economy in the world,” Australian PM Kevin Rudd told the Nine Network.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and the United States.