Obama to visit Southeast Asia in October

The trip expands on Obama’s commitment to increase America’s “political, economic and security engagement with the Asia Pacific,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney in a release.

Obama will travel to Indonesia, Brunei, Malaysia and the Philippines from Oct. 6 to 12. 

In Indonesia, where he lived for a few years growing up, he will attend the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders meeting. He will also meet with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang to celebrate the third year of their bilateral partnership. 

Obama last visited the country in 2011. 

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The second stop will be Brunei for the U.S.-ASEAN Summit, where Obama will discuss issues including energy, maritime security, investment and development and trade promotion. He hosted Brunei’s sultan at the White House in March. 

He then heads to Malaysia to deliver the keynote address to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, which he created during his first administration to spur job creation. It’s the first time a sitting U.S. president has visited the country in 47 years. 

For the last leg of the trip, the president will meet with his counterpart in the Philippines. Obama visited the country earlier in his presidency.