(JAKARTA, Indonesia) -- President Obama will not have to disappoint his Indonesian hosts a third time.
Jakarta airport officials say Monday morning the skies have cleared of volcanic ash which forced the cancellation of some commercial flights. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs says, “We are continuing to monitor, but we are proceeding with plans to depart for Indonesia [Tuesday].”
Monday morning's air traffic is reported normal, and security helicopters have been seen flying over the capital Jakarta, presumably in preparation for Obama's arrival Tuesday. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has been working from a mountain outpost near the active volcano Mt. Merapi, whose recent eruptions have killed at least 118 people, but is expected to helicopter back to Jakarta to welcome the American president.
Mr. Obama, who lived in Indonesia as a child, twice canceled planned visits earlier this year because of pressing issues back in Washington.
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