Fri, 27 May 2011

Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - US President Barack Obama is set to take part in the East Asia Summit Plus 2011 scheduled for November in the resort island of Bali, Governor Made Mangku Pastika said.

"US President Obama has pledged to attend the meeting of East Asian leaders to be held in November," Pastika said here on Thursday.

Pastika said Obama confirmed a plan to participate in the summit through the US ambassador and consul general when they met him at his office here on Wednesday.

He said the summit would bring together all leaders of the East Asia Summit members.

The East Asia Summit is a meeting of the 10 ASEAN member states, along with China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. The Bali summit will feature two new members, the USA and Russia. East Asia Summits are held after annual ASEAN leaders` meetings. The first summit was held in Kuala Lumpur on December 14, 2005.

"Obama will come. He will also enjoy the natural scenery and culture of Bali," Pastika said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would come to Bali in July for a conference ahead of Obama`s visit, he said.

He said the Bali administration was ready to receive Obama by stepping up security.