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Kerry due in Indonesia for consultations on climate change

2014/02/15 09:06

By Lee Chi-dong

BEIJING, Feb. 15 (Yonhap) -- U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will fly to Indonesia later Saturday where he plans to seek support for efforts to address global climate change.

Jakarta is the last stop on his three-nation Asia tour, which has already taken him to South Korea and China.

In the Indonesian capital, Kerry will meet with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa.

He is also scheduled to deliver a speech on climate change.

Before leaving Beijing, Kerry issued a statement underlining the importance of Indonesia's role in promoting peace and security in the region, and addressing climate change.

"There are few relationships that will be as vital in tackling the challenges of the 21st century as our growing ties with Indonesia and its people," the secretary said.

He added he is looking forward to consultations with the Indonesian side about ways to protect the planet.

Kerry will then head to Abu Dhabi on Monday.

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