US President Barack Obama homecoming in Indonesia, criticized Israel for housing projects

By on Nov 10, 2010 in International, Politics, World Comments

US President Barack Obama made a homecoming visit in Indonesia, but criticized Israel for its housing projects, as published on international news sites.

Fresh from his visit from New Delhi, India, US President Barack Obama paid a visit to Indonesia on Tuesday, where he was said to have lived with his mother and step-father, between the ages of 6 and 10.

Indonesia, known to be the world’s largest Muslim majority country, is among the countries where the US President will be visiting on his 10-day, four-nation Asian tour.

Mr. Obama, who considered Indonesia as his second country, made his speech in a joint press conference with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Apparently, the US President criticized Israel for approving some 1,000 new housing units in East Jerusalem, which seems to be a sensitive move while peace negotiations with the Palestinians are going on.

“This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations, and I’m concerned that we’re not seeing each side make the extra effort involved to get a breakthrough,” President Obama said.

“Each of these incremental steps ends up breaking trust,” He added.

On the other hand, President Yudhoyono of Indonesia had mentioned on his opening remarks that “we need a resolution on Palestine and Israel in a permanent sustainable manner”, as telling it to the President of the United States of America.

Meanwhile, Obama’s trip to Indonesia was reported to be with some changes as ash fall from Mount Merapi is likely to affect the visibility during air flight.

The US President was said to be leaving for Seoul, South Korea, several hours ahead of schedule, where he is expected to meet with world leaders on the G-20 conference.



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