President Soekarno arrived back in the Indonesian capital of Djakarta, June 4, at the end of his 64-day world tour which took him to 18 countries.
President Soekarno arrived back in the Indonesian capital of Djakarta, June 4, at the end of his 64-day world tour which took him to 18 countries. He was met at Kemajoran airport by Indonesian Ministers, their wives and members of the Diplomatic Corps. First to greet him was Dr. Djuanda who acted as President during his absence.
Despite much speculation that the President would comment on the recent decision by the Dutch Government to send an aircraft carrier to West New Guinea, he made no reference to the issue in his homecoming speech at the airport. Neither did he refer to the recently formed "Democratic League" which gained ground in Indonesian politics during his absence. He said he felt that Indonesia had benefited from his visit, and that closer understanding with he countries he had visited would become apparent in the near future. He said he had kept in touch with domestic affairs during his visit abroad, and that after a short holiday he would take up his duties and work towards the implementation of guided democracy for Indonesia.
In the course of his world tour, President Soekarno received four honorary doctorates from universities in Sofia, Bucharest, Budapest and Cairo. During his visit to Cuba President Soekarno was reported to have indicated that Indonesia would be ready to attend a conference of Afro-Asian countries to be held in Latin America, possibly in October.