Thursday, November 1, 2012

Indonesia president starts 3-day state visit to Britain

Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
LONDON (AFP) - Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono begins a three-day state visit to Britain on Wednesday, with officials putting on display the British pomp and pageantry.
Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to formally welcome Dr Yudhoyono and his wife Ani on Wednesday afternoon with a guard of honour on Horse Guards Parade, the large parade ground in central London, before accompanying them to Buckingham Palace in a horse-drawn carriage.

The Indonesian leader and his wife will stay at the palace, where the 86-year-old British monarch is hosting a lavish state banquet in their honour on Wednesday evening.
"As well having one of the world's most thriving economies, Indonesia is in the vanguard of the political change shaping Asia," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told parliament on Tuesday.

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