JAKARTA (Reuters) -
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang
Yudhoyono has postponed a planned visit to Australia until next
week after a huge earthquake devastated the island of Nias off
Sumatra, officials said Tuesday.
Death Toll Could Top 1,000 After Indonesia Quake
"On the Australia trip, it has been canceled. We will have
a top-level emergency meeting soon," Information Minister
Sofyan Djalil told Reuters, referring to a planned March 29-30
A presidential spokesman said that Yudhoyono would visit
Nias "in one or two days." The overnight quake is believed to
have killed at least 1,000 people.
An Indonesian diplomat close to preparations for the
Australia trip told Reuters that the president's visit had been
rescheduled for April 3-4.