President Yudhoyono leaves for Britain

President Yudhoyono leaves for Britain

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono with First Lady Ani Yudhoyono. (ANTARA/Widodo S. Jusuf)

"President Yudhoyono`s visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, in the company of First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, on Tuesday morning left for Britain for a three-day visit at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II.

The President`s entourage to Britain consists of several cabinet ministers, including Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and Foreign Affairs Minister Marty Natalegwa, as well as a number of state officials.

In Britain, President Yudhoyono is scheduled to meet with Queen Elizabeth II, British Prime Minister David Cameron, and other high-ranking officials of the United Kingdom.

Earlier, presidential special staff for international relations Teuku Faizasyah said the head of state would also meet with Prince Charles, Liberal Democrat Party Chairman Nick Clegg, and opposition leader Ed Miliband.

"President Yudhoyono`s visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II is expected to boost two countries` cooperation both at the bilateral level and in the context of joint efforts to address various global issues," he stated.

"When British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Indonesia in April 2012, it was agreed that the two countries will focus on cooperation in five areas, namely trade, investment, education, environment, and democracy," Faizasyah pointed out.

He added that the President would speak before All-Party Parliamentary Group on Indonesia, Royal College for Defence Studies, and Wilton Park - an executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The Indonesian head of state will be in Britain until November 3, before making a working visit to Laos to attend the 9th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). ***1***

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