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Asian, African Leaders Visit Indonesian City of Bandung


Leaders from Asia and Africa gathered for a ceremonial visit today Sunday in the Indonesian city of Bandung, site of the first Asia-Africa summit 50 years ago.

Saturday in Jakarta, heads of state from Asia and Africa ended their first bi-continental summit since the one in 1955 by endorsing a strategic partnership to expand economic and political ties.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called the agreement a "milestone." The agreement calls for increased cooperation in the fight against poverty, corruption and terrorism.

Participants at the summit also pledged to promote human rights and democracy, and to work on reducing the severity of natural disasters on both continents. Asia and Africa account for more than three-quarters of the world's population.

Information for this report is provided by AFP and AP.

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