TEMPO.CO, New York - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono(SBY) has received praises from heads of states at the session of the UN General Assembly last Wednesday, particularly during the Open Government Partnership and REDD+ held by Indonesia.
US president Barrack Obama in his opening remarks at the event congratulated President SBY for successfully saving Indonesia from a difficult past and bringing Indonesia to a "full blown of democracy" government.
"This will be last time I think that we see each other in his official capacity, but not in terms of our friendship," Obama said, continued by expressing a gratitude in Bahasa Indonesia.
In addition to Obama, almost all heads of states spoke highly of President SBY at the event. Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao even openly praised the president in his debate speech at the session of the UN General Assembly.
President Susilo attended the session of the UN General Assembly in New York before visiting Washington DC. From DC, President Susilo headed to Tokyo for state visit.