Bush pledges to help Indonesia with AI
While visiting Indonesia, US President George W Bush
pledged to help the country fight avian influenza.
Indonesia has the world's highest death toll from bird
, at 56.
Bush was in Indonesia for seven hours, following the Asian Pacific Economic
(APEC) Summit in Hanoi. Bush reportedly commented that any
pandemic in Southeast Asia posed a direct threat to Americans.
"If there is an influenza outbreak in Vietnam, it could affect Indonesia
and the people of America. Therefore we need to work in a collaborative way to
deal with this great threat," Bush said.
"We continue to form partnerships on this issue," Bush told reporters at
joint press briefing with his Indonesian counterpart Susilo Bambang
In a joint statement, Indonesia and the US reported that they has also
agreed to accelerate negotiations to extend research work of the US Naval Medical Research Unit
(NAMRU) number two facilities
NAMRU laboratories have been assisting Indonesia's health ministries in
confirming suspected avian flu cases in the country over the past two
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