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Obama cancels Bali trip: Marty
Publication Date : 04-10-2013
Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa announced on Friday that US President Barack Obama had called off attending the Apec Summit in Bali.
"President Obama made a telephone call to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono this morning, regretting that he could not attend the Apec Summit," Marty told reporters at the Laguna Resort Hotel.
US Secretary of State John Kerry has been earmarked to replace Obama during the summit.
Marty said Obama's cancellation had been linked to the ongoing debt-ceiling crisis in the US that had resulted in a partial shut down of the world's biggest economy.
The White House previously announced that Obama would shorten his Asia trip, cancelling his visits to Malaysia and the Philippines, leaving only the Bali Apec Summit and the Brunei Darussalam East Asia Summit on his itinerary.
After the cancellation of the Bali visit, it was still not known whether Obama's planned presence in Brunei would also be cancelled.