Indonesian delighted at Obama visit cancellationAgence France-Presse . Jakarta
While observers bemoaned US president Barack Obama’s decision to cancel his visit to Asia, at least one group was happy — hardline Muslims protesting against him in the Indonesian capital Friday.
The president’s change of plans ‘is a victory for the Muslim community and it was surely with the help of God that Obama cancelled his trip,’ said Khoirul Amri, one of more than 500 Muslim radicals demonstrating outside the US embassy in Jakarta.
Obama had been due to attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit on the Indonesian resort island of Bali next week, but cancelled his trip late Thursday due to the US government shutdown.
A White House statement also announced that he would miss the East Asia summit in Brunei afterwards, a decision that came after he had also cancelled plans to visit Malaysia and the Philippines due to the budget impasse.
Analysts have warned the decision could dent the US ‘pivot’ to Asia — Obama’s effort to redirect US military and diplomatic muscle towards the fast-rising region.
But the Muslim radicals from group Hizbut Tahrir welcomed the move at their anti-Obama protest, which was planned before the president changed his schedule.
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