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This Song is for You

Indonesian President Serenades Russian President Putin

(10/10/2013) During the just-completed Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference (APEC) in Bali, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono managed to grab a guitar and serenade Russian President Vladimir Putin on his 61st birthday.

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Moved by the musical tribute from the Indonesian President who has several musical CDs to his credit, Putin expressed his surprise and thanked Yudhoyono during the impromptu celebration on Monday, October 7, 2013.

Strumming a guitar, President Yudhoyono invited the world leaders gathered at APEC to join him in singing “Happy Birthday” for Putin. The Indonesian President said: “I received the report from intelligence late. As soon as you landed, I began searching for a guitar so I could sing ‘Happy Birthday.’”

Quoted by Beritabali.com, Yudhoyono explained how the APEC Conference in Bali was a continuance of the last APEC Conference held in Vladivostok, Russia in 2012. The Indonesian President expressed the hope that relationships between the participating nations would continue to grow and be strengthened in the year to come.