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Australia, Indonesia agree to restore intelligence and military cooperation

Published on Aug 19, 2014 2:34 PM
 
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott (left) and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) shake hands during their meeting in Indonesia's Batam island on June 4, 2014. Australia and Indonesia have agreed to resume intelligence and military cooperation, officials from both countries said on Tuesday, Aug 19, 2014, ending a rift that erupted late last year over Australian spying. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia and Indonesia have agreed to resume intelligence and military cooperation, officials from both countries said on Tuesday, ending a rift that erupted late last year over Australian spying.

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Prime Minister Tony Abbott will travel to Indonesia to sign the new Joint Understanding of a Code of Conduct with Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa and Indonesia's outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Australian media said.

"We have reached agreement on the joint understanding and we are currently arranging a time to sign it," Ms Bishop told the Australian Broadcasting Corp, without giving further details. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not respond immediately to a request for further comment.

Mr Teuku Faizasyah, Indonesia's presidential spokesman for international affairs, said the document would allow Australia and Indonesia to resume military cooperation.

 
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