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Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. President Barack Obama plans to travel to Australia and Indonesia in November, the Australian prime minister’s office said.
Obama will visit Australia on Nov. 16 and 17, after chairing a summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Honolulu, according to an e-mailed statement today from Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s office. He will then travel to Bali for the East Asia Summit, the release said.
“The president’s visit will be an important opportunity to renew our close ties and take forward shared objectives,” Gillard said in the release.
The announcement of Obama’s visit comes as Gillard struggles to shore up support after her approval slumped six points to 32 percent in a Nielsen poll published in Fairfax Media Ltd. newspapers yesterday. The prime minister’s public backing has plummeted after News Ltd. newspapers, a unit of Rupert Murdoch’s media enterprise, this month said that unnamed Labor party members wanted her to quit.
Obama last year twice canceled trips to Australia, first in March to pass his health care plan in Congress, and then in June due to the BP Plc oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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