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Asia, Africa Look for Closer Ties


Leaders of more than 80 countries in Africa and Asia are gathering in Jakarta, Indonesia to seek closer economic and political ties. The Asia-Africa summit (which begins Friday) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first Asia-Africa conference in Bandung, Indonesia, which gave rise to the nonaligned movement during the Cold War. On Thursday, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Asian and African countries need to band together for a bigger voice in reforms of the United Nations, the World Bank, and the World Trade Organization. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan also called for support for U.N. reforms, saying they would particularly benefit less-developed nations. Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo stressed the need for cooperation between Africa and Asia in order for the two continents to reap the benefits of globalization.

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