JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ The Bush administration expressed its support Saturday for Indonesia's new President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Visiting U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick said President Bush had asked him to ``relay his support for (Megawati) personally.''

Zoellick is the most senior foreign dignitary to visit Indonesia since the national assembly dismissed former President Abdurrahman Wahid and elected Megawati as leader on July 23.

A broadly smiling Megawati stood next to Zoellick as he spoke to reporters. She made no comment.

Zoellick said Megawati had accepted an invitation from Bush to come to the United States for an official working visit from Sept. 19.

Megawati, the daughter of Indonesia's founding President Sukarno, installed her Cabinet on Friday.

Indonesia, a nation of 210 million, is facing its worst economic crisis in more than generation and is struggling to quell separatist and communal violence.