21 Photos Of President Soekarno Hanging Out With Prominent International Figures

Endowed with a commanding presence, radiant personality, mellifluous voice, vivid style, a photographic memory, and supreme self-confidence, Soekarno was always destined for greatness.

Soekarno is met by USA Vice President Richard Nixon. Washington D.C., 1956.

Soekarno speaking with Mao Zedong. China, 1956.

Soekarno speaking with Henry Kissinger (behind). Washington D.C., 1956.

Chatting with Marilyn Monroe. Soekarno had expressed a desire to meet Miss Monroe, who he said is one of the favorite actresses in Indonesia. Beverly Hills, USA, 1956.

Shaking hands with UN Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld. 1956.

Japanese Prime Minister Kishi Nobusuke and Soekarno during a state visit to Japan. Tokyo, Japan, 1958.

Soekarno and Che Guevara. Jakarta, Indonesia, 1959.

With Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies, Dame Pattie Menzies, and Mrs Hartini Soekarno at the Indonesian presidential palace. Jakarta, Indonesia, 1959.

Chatting with Pope John XXIII. Vatican, 1959.

Toasting with United Arab Republic President Gamal Abdel Nasser (left) and Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. New York, 1960. 

President Eisenhower explains the mechanics of television to President Soekarno. Washington D.C., 1960.

Soekarno with Hal Wallis, Elvis Presley and Joan Blackman. USA, 1960.

Soekarno and Fidel Castro. Havana, Cuba, 1960.

Speaking with President of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito. Yugoslavia, 1960.

Playing the angklung with Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union. Indonesia, 1961.

Soekarno with Yuri Gagarin, Nikita Khruchev and Leonid Brezhnev at the Moscow Kremlin. Moscow, Soviet Union, 1961.

Soekarno shakes hands with Vice President Lyndon Johnson as President John F. Kennedy smiles. Washington D.C., 1961.

Having lunch with U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy and his wife. Washington D.C., 1962.

Sukarno with Kim Il Sung. Bogor, Indonesia, 1965.

Cruising up the Nile River with Communist China's Premier Chou En-Lai. Cairo, Egypt, 1965.

Soekarno talking with Suharto. Indonesia, 1966.