Obama cancellation accepted by Australia and Indonesia
Both the Indonesian and Australian leaders had been expecting Mr Obama
Indonesian and Australian officials have expressed understanding after US President Barack Obama cancelled a much-anticipated visit to the region.
Both countries and Guam had been due to host the US leader next week.
But Mr Obama postponed the visit to focus on the healthcare reform vote in Washington, and is now planning to come in June instead.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that the government was "not disappointed".
"Even though we've been prepared for the visit, (the delay is) not the end of the world," he said.
Indonesia's presidential spokesman, Dino Djalal, said that when the US president called his Indonesian counterpart, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to discuss postponing the trip, it was in fact Mr Yudhoyono who suggested that the visit should take place later in the year.
In Australia, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he understood the problems Mr Obama was facing.
"We had a conversation on the phone this morning - he'd like to have a more relaxed visit than the 24-hour whip in, whip out that the last one had come down to."
Push for influence
The US president had been scheduled to address the Australian parliament, but most attention had been focused on the Indonesian leg of the trip.
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It was being hailed by both sides as a momentous opportunity to cement their relationship on security, trade and military issues.
It was also, reports the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in Jakarta, being seen as a crucial push for influence in the region by the United States to counteract the growing reach of China.
Indonesia is South East Asia's largest economy and a growing market - one that American firms are keen to get into.
There were hopes that significant initiatives on trade and investment would have been signed during the American president's visit to the country he lived in as a child.
Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao is due to visit Indonesia in April, a trip that is likely to see discussions on further co-operation on trade.
China signed a free trade agreement with the Asean bloc which came into effect earlier this year, and is increasingly becoming a key economic partner for many of the nations in Asia.
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