[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/01/art.obamas.0115.gi.jpg caption="President Obama will visit Australia and Indonesia in March."]Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama will travel to Indonesia and Australia in the second half of March, the White House announced Monday.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Obama, accompanied by first lady Michelle Obama, would visit the two nations to advance U.S. interests in the region.
No specific dates were provided.
Obama spent part of his childhood in Indonesia, which Gibbs noted has the world's largest Muslim population. The trip to Australia will commemorate the 70th anniversary of U.S. relations with the country, Gibbs said.