Obama-Jokowi: A meeting of allies

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Obama-Jokowi: A meeting of allies

US President Barack Obama on October 26 will welcome to the White House political upstart Joko “Jokowi” Widodo – the first Indonesian president to visit in a decade and a leader his hosts hope can help catalyze the world’s most populous Muslim nation. Obama – who lived in Indonesia for nearly 5 years as a child – will hold Oval Office talks with a fellow 54-year-old who, also like him, swept to power as an outsider promising change. In surviving even that long, he has defied skeptics who predicted he would quickly flounder in the oligarch-infested waters of Jakarta politics. Indonesian officials say agreements are expected on maritime defense, the economy, aviation and energy.

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