Bush Visit to Focus on Investment

JAKARTA ~ US investment in energy will be one of the main points discussed by the leaders of Indonesia and the United States when President George W. Bush visits later this month, a spokesman said this week.

“In the past six years, US investment (in Indonesia) has reached US$1 billion, with 205 projects in the energy sector. We want to push for more US investments,” a spokesman for President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (known as SBY) said.

Bush is scheduled to visit Indonesia on November 20, one day after an Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Hanoi, Dino Patti Djalal told reporters on Tuesday.

“SBY will meet with President Bush (on the sidelines of) the APEC meeting, in his capacity as a Southeast Asian leader with the US. The meeting at Bogor Palace will be a bilateral meeting,” he said, referring to the state palace outside Jakarta.

During his visit, which will only last a few hours, Bush is scheduled to have a 45-minute meeting with five Indonesian leaders in the field of health and education.

Other topics to be discussed were energy security, national-disaster management and information technology.

Defense Minister Juwono Sudarsono said on Monday that political or military issues would not be discussed.

Meanwhile, protests against Bush’s visit continued with about 100 members of a Muslim group protesting outside the Summer Palace in Bogor.

Hundreds of Muslims rallied at the US embassy in Jakarta on Saturday to protest the visit, which is part of a regional tour following the annual APEC summit.

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