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January 14, 2008

INDONESIA-MYANMAR/TIES
Myanmar PM delays his visit

The governments of Indonesia and Myanmar agreed to decide a new schedule for the visit of Myanmarese Prime Minister General Thein Sein to Indonesia.

"The Myanmarese government does understand the focus of the Indonesian government in the past few days and based on that consideration, (the Myanmarese government) will adjust the schedule on the visit (of the Myanmarese prime minister)," spokesman for the Indonesian Foreign Ministry Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo told ANTARA News on Sunday.

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Saturday shortened his visit to Malaysia due to the worse condition of former Indonesian president Soeharto who has been hospitalized at Pertamina Hospital since Friday.

His health condition has been fluctuating sincer the past few days.

Kristiarto added the two governments would try to make a new schedule on the Myanmarese prime minister`s visit in the future when the situation has become possible.

General Thein Sein was previously scheduled to pay an official visit to Indonesia on January 14-15 to discuss efforts to intensify the bilateral ties between the two countries.

"The Myanmarese Ambassador to Indonesia refers the visit as a `goodwill visit` but we`d rather treat it as an `official visit` on it," Presidential spokesperson Dino Patti Djalal said previously.

He added during the visit, the Myanmarese prime minister would be accompanied by six ministers, namely minister for agriculture and irrigation, minister for national development planning, minister for energy, minister for transportation and minister for the advancement of border areas and national development.

"The composition of the delegation reflects the comprehensive will of the Myamarese government to enhance the bilateral ties," he added.

Dino said the meeting between the two leaders would be the second after the first in the ASEAN Summit in Singapore last December.

Meanwhile for the Myanmarese prime minister, the visit would be for the first time.

Courtesy Antara

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