U.S. President Obama to visit Indonesia despite volcano threat

November 8th, 2010 - 10:11 pm ICT by BNO News  

JAKARTA (BNO NEWS) — U.S. President Barack Obama is due to arrive on Tuesday for a 24-hour visit to Indonesia as part of a 10-day Asian tour, despite concerns resulting from the ongoing eruptions at Mount Merapi, Indonesian and U.S. officials said on Monday.

Volcanic ash prompted international airlines to cancel dozens of flights to and from Jakarta over the weekend but on Monday, operations at Halim International Airport returned to normal.

The death toll after Mount Merapi’s eruptions rose to 141 on Monday as more bodies, including some from rescuers, were recovered from nearby villages affected by the powerful eruption on Friday.

Obama is expected to depart Palam Air Force Base in New Delhi at approximately 9 a.m. IST on Tuesday, finishing up a three-day visit to India. He is then expected to land at around 4.25 p.m. Indonesian time at Halim International Airport, while accompanied by his wife Michelle.

After an arrival ceremony, Obama will hold a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. Afterwards both leaders will hold a joint press conference at the State Palace Complex in Jakarta. At 8.30 p.m. local time, Barack and Michelle Obama will attend a state dinner.

After the visit to Indonesia, President Obama on Wednesday will fly to South Korea where the next day he will hold a bilateral meeting with China’s Hu Jintao. On Friday, Obama will participate in the G20 summit.

On Saturday, Obama will fly to Japan where he will participate in the Asian group summit, and will hold bilateral meetings with Japanese and Australian leaders. On Sunday, he will hold a bilateral meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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