Australia PM Abbott stresses importance of economic ties with Indonesia
JAKARTA (AP) - Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday looked to move beyond border issues that have been a key part of his first trip abroad by promoting the importance of building stronger economic ties with neighbouring Indonesia.
"More and more Australians now see Indonesia as a place to do business and to embark on joint ventures as well as to have a holiday," Mr Abbott said at a breakfast with business leaders.
"Our challenge is to ensure that more and more Indonesians see Australia as a good place to invest and do business, in short, as a trusted partner."
Mr Abbott hit on the importance of expanding the countries' education, agriculture, investment and trade relationships, but he did not bring up the thorny asylum seeker issue that was discussed a day earlier with his Indonesian counterpart President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.