Entries in Indonesia (2)


Obama Addresses Muslim World Again; Heads for G20 Summit

Photo Courtesy - Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- President Obama gave a major speech in Indonesia Tuesday night on U.S. relations with the Muslim world.  Speaking before a crowd of thousands at the University of Indonesia, the president insisted the U.S. will work with Muslim countries, like Indonesia, which show tolerance, not extremism.

"We can choose to be defined by our difference and give in to a future of suspicion and mistrust," Obama said.  "Or we can choose to do the hard work of forging common ground."

The president enforced his central message of tolerance, saying, "Innocent civilians in American, in Indonesia and across the world are still targeted by violent extremism.  I made it clear that America is not and never will be at war with Islam."

Tuesday's speech was Obama's second to the Muslim world.  His first was 17 months ago in Cairo, Egypt, where he declared a "new beginning" in U.S. relations with the Muslim world and promised personal engagement in the Middle East.

After his speech, President Obama boarded Air Force One to fly to Seoul, South Korea, where he will meet with economic leaders at the G20 summit.

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Obama Lands in Indonesia; Volcanic Ash May Cut Stay Short

Photo Courtesy - Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- President Obama was greeted with heavy rain as he landed in Indonesia on Tuesday, a country where he lived in as a boy.  Despite the nearby erupting volcano, Mt. Merapi, no cloud of volcanic ash was present when the president landed, just a thunderstorm.

But ash from the volcano is still a threat.  The White House says President Obama will likely cut his stay short, leaving earlier than planned on Wednesday, when he is scheduled to deliver a second major address to the Muslim world at the University of Indonesia.

Obama first addressed Muslims last year in Cairo, Egypt.  His speech was aimed at seeking a new beginning with U.S. relations since the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  Indonesia is considered an important partner against terrorism.

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