Brunei 'disappointed' by cancelled Obama visit
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei (AFP) - Brunei is "disappointed" over United States President Barack Obama's decision to cancel an Asia trip that would have included a summit next week in the sultanate, a foreign ministry official said on Friday.
The White House said late on Thursday that Mr Obama had shelved a trip that also was to include attendance at a larger Asia-Pacific summit in Indonesia, blaming the crisis back home over the US government shutdown.
"While, politically, we understand the reason for the president's decision, of course it is disappointing for all those involved," a Brunei foreign ministry official said.
"Not just those in diplomatic circles, but for a small country to host the president of the United States is a source of excitement, particularly someone of Obama's celebrity."