London, April 1 – President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono wants to deliver his speech in Bahasa Indonesia at G-20 summit because other heads of state/government use their own languages.
Speaking to reporters at JW Marriott Hotel here on Tuesday evening, President Yudhoyono said the reason he wanted to use Bahasa Indonesia was that other heads of state/government at the summit opted to use their own languages instead of English.
According to Yudhoyono, German Chancellor Angela Merkel used German, French President Nikolas Sarkozy used French, Brazilian President Lula da Silva used Portuguese, Chinese President Hu Jintao used Chinese, and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak also used Korean.
“But if I use Bahasa Indonesia instead of English, only President Barack Obama of the United States will probably understand,” President Yudhoyono said with a chuckle.
The Indonesian head of state arrived here on Tuesday to attend the summit of G-20 which is made up of Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Britain, the United States, South Korea, and the European Union.
On Wednesday (April 1), Yudhoyono is scheduled to have meetings with Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Duke of York Prince Andrew, Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso, and British Crown Prince Charles.
He will later attend a reception to be hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckhingham Palace, and a dinner to be hosted by the British Prime Minister for the G-20 member countries’ heads of state/government.
On Thursday (April 2), Yudhoyono will attend the G-20 Summit to be held at the Exhibition Center of London (Excel) but he will not stay until the end of the Summit on April 4.
After delivering a speech before the Summit’s participants on Thursday noon, he will leave London for Surabaya, East Java Province, where he will lead a campaign rally for his Democratic Party, on Friday (March 3).
Members of the presidential entourage in London include Foreign Affairs Minister Hassan Wirajuda, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Sri Mulyani, Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare Aburizal Bakrie, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, Environmental Affairs Minister Rachmat Witoelar, Legislator Theo Sambuaga, Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board M Lutfi, and Chairman of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) MS Hidayat.