President Cancels Asia Business Summit Because of Ongoing Govenrment Shutdown

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President Obama cancels two summits today, at the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) meeting in Indonesia.

A Whitehouse press release said there is “difficulty in moving forward with foreign travel in the face of a shutdown”.

The US government closed non-essential operations after the two houses of Congress failed to agree a new budget.

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The President personally called Indonesian leader, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Friday morning and expressed his regret for the cancellation, Indonesian Presidential Spokesman for Foreign Affairs Teuku Faizasyah told the BBC.


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