to visit Humayun's Tomb
Barack Obama will visit the Humayun's Tomb here, becoming the
first US president to see the 16th century monument, an official
"I don't think any US president has visited Humayun's
US President Barack Obama's visit to Asia next month underscores
his Asia strategy of renewed engagement, a top aide has said.
According to Xinhua, US engagement
in Asia is "founded upon our core alliances in the region, and of
course South Korea and Japan are at the top of that list", Deputy
National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes
told reporters at a White House briefing Thursday.
Obama will start his visit to India, Indonesia, North Korea and
Japan Nov 6.
Rhodes said the visit to Indonesia is meant to "deepen partnership
with emerging power", and added that Obama will deliver a speech
there on his outreach effort to the Muslim world Nov 10.
Due to several reasons, Obama had postponed visits to Indonesia
for three times, which has somewhat angered the southeast Asian
country for lack of respect.
In September, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono did
not attend a summit between the US and the Association of
Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in New York, citing "domestic
Rhodes stressed the importance of Indonesia, the largest
Muslim-majority country, saying it is the intersection of a lot of
key American interests.
"We see this as a partnership that is very important to the future
of American interests in Asia and the world," he said.
Obama's visit to Indonesia and his speech there is designed to
continue his effort to improve America's image in the Muslim
world, the report said.
Obama, since his first day in office, has been actively trying to
restore US engagement and influence in Asia, especially in
southeast Asia, which is more or less ignored by the previous Bush