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Indonesia intends to join TPP: Widodo

WORKING TOGETHER:The US president said that the two leaders discussed the importance of arriving at targets before a global climate change summit in December


Officials said Widodo would cut short his US visit to deal with the forest fire crisis. His schedule in Washington was to go ahead as planned, but he would skip a stop in San Francisco and was to fly home yesterday afternoon, officials said.

Indonesia is a leading source of greenhouse gas emissions, and the White House meeting came ahead of a global climate change summit.

Obama said he and Widodo had discussed “why it is so important that large countries like ours work together to arrive at the strongest possible set of targets and international agreements before we arrive in Paris in just over a month.”

Widodo said they had agreed to work together on the issue “for the sake of future generations.”

Researchers estimate that, since last month, emissions from Indonesia’s rampant land and forest fires exceeded the average daily emissions from all US economic activity. That is because many of the fires are on peat lands that are extremely rich in carbon.

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