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Secretary of State Colin Powell
Remarks with Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri
Blair House
Washington, D. C.
September 19, 2001

QUESTION: Secretary Powell, I need to ask you what you have been discussing on combating terrorism and --

SECRETARY POWELL: We had a good conversation with President Megawati and she had good meetings with President Bush today. They put out a strong statement on terrorism and another statement on a relationship between Indonesia and the United States.

It was our pleasure to welcome her here and to congratulate her on assuming the presidency, and to let her know that the United States and Indonesia will be working closely in the future on economic development, on democracy and we recognize the importance of Indonesia in Asia and especially Southeast Asia and we want nothing but good, friendly, solid, improving relations with Indonesia and especially the people of Indonesia.

Thank you.

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