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United Nations, New York, 25 May 2011

President Deiss concludes a two-day official visit to Indonesia

The President of the General Assembly, H.E. Mr. Joseph Deiss, concluded a two-day official visit to Indonesia where he participated in the 16th Ministerial Conference and Commemorative Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) in Bali. In his remarks at the opening ceremony, the President of the General Assembly underlined the important role that NAM plays on many issues and his appreciation for its contribution to strengthen the United Nations and the General Assembly in particular. He also called on NAM to contribute to advancing the reform process in the United Nations.

In Bali, the President of the General Assembly met with H.E. Dr. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic, and H.E. Dr. R.M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Foreign Minister of Indonesia. Topics discussed included global governance, Security Council reform and Indonesia's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). President Deiss also thanked the Head of State and the Foreign Minister for Indonesia's strong commitment and support to the work of the General Assembly and the United Nations in general.

On the margins of the NAM Conference, the President of the General Assembly also met with the Foreign Minister of Egypt, who is the current Chair of NAM at the Ministerial Level; the Foreign Ministers of Thailand, Mauritius, Palestine, Senegal, Slovenia, Fiji, Vietnam and the Minister of International Cooperation of South Africa as well as with the Deputy Foreign Ministers of Chile, Gabon and Tanzania.