14 APEC leaders confirm attendance at Summit

14 APEC leaders confirm attendance at Summit
Indonesian military troops conduct anti-terrorism exercises as part of advance security preparations for the upcoming Asia–Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting.

Fourteen of 21 APEC economies' leaders have confirmed their attendance for the annual summit that will take place in Nusa Dua early October.

Among those scheduled to attend the APEC leaders' meeting on Oct. 7 and 8 are President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"The presidents of the United States, Russia and China have been among those who confirmed their attendance earliest," Ahmed Kurnia, official of the APEC Summit media and public relations secretariat, said in a press conference on Saturday.

Xi has confirmed that he will deliver the closing address and attend the hand-over ceremony with Yudhoyono, as China will host the summit next year.

The event organising committee is still waiting for confirmation from seven heads of APEC states: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Ricky Sugiarto, director for the APEC CEO Summit 2013, said that nine of the 14 leaders had confirmed that they would arrive in Bali early to attend the APEC CEO Summit.

"Before attending the Leaders' Summit, these leaders will also hold discussions with the private sector during the premier business forum, the APEC CEO Summit, which will be held on Oct. 6 and 7," he said

In addition to Yudhoyono and Xi, they are Philippine President Benigno Aquino, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, Korean President Park Geun-hye, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

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