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Australian minister concedes 'no breakthrough' with Jakarta

Published on Mar 19, 2014 4:34 PM
 
Australian Defence Minister David Johnston speaks during a press conference at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in central London on March 11, 2014. Johnston conceded on Wednesday during a visit to Jakarta there was still no "breakthrough" in improving relations with Indonesia which have been damaged by a row over spying. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

JAKARTA (AFP) - Australia's defence minister conceded on Wednesday during a visit to Jakarta there was still no "breakthrough" in improving relations with Indonesia which have been damaged by a row over spying.

Ties between Jakarta and Canberra have sunk to their lowest point for years following allegations that Australian spies tried to tap the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his inner circle.

The spying claims, which emerged in news reports in November, prompted Indonesia to recall its ambassador and halt cooperation on people-smuggling and with Australia's military.

During a visit to Jakarta for an annual defence conference, Defence Minister David Johnston insisted the relationship remained "very close, very friendly".

 
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