An U.S. official based in Indonesia has confirmed that President Barack Obama will soon be visiting Bali as part of a brief visit to Indonesia.
Andie De Arment, a U.S. Public Affairs Officer, was quoted by the Bali Post as saying the U.S. President's visit will have implications for U.S. – Indonesian relations.
Andie also said the Indonesia is a country that receives special attention from the U.S. Chief Executive, in part because of the childhood years spent by Obama in Indonesia. Because of these childhood memories, Obama wants to bring his children to Indonesia, with stops at the Borobudur monument and Bali.
The U.S. official also spoke of the experience Indonesia and the U.S. shared in confronting and overcoming the global recession, emphasizing that economic cooperation between the two nations will ensure both emerge quickly from the current global financial crisis.
Obama's visit to Indonesia will take place in mid-June 2010, including, according to the U.S. spokesperson, Bali due to the island's peaceful pluralistic society and its rich cultural heritage.
De Arment told the press that the exact dates of Obama's visit to Indonesia remains unknown. Her assignment, together with her colleagues at the American Consulate General team in Surabaya, is to make the necessary general preparations for the planned visit.
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