Australia says talks with Indonesia on asylum-seekers issue 'productive'
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has declared her meetings with her Indonesian counterpart on the fraught issue of turning back asylum-seeker boats to the sprawling archipelago "very productive".
Speaking from New York, Ms Bishop said she had spoken to Indonesia's top diplomat Marty Natalegawa about Australia's military-led operation to shut down people-smugglers by forcing their boats to turn around when safe to do so.
"I had a very productive and positive meeting with Foreign Minister Natalegawa," she told reporters, according to a transcript from her office.
"I am not going into the operational details of our policy, but I had a very broad-ranging discussion with Minister Natalegawa and I am confident that we will be able to implement our policies."