Australia to continue spying on Indonesia

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  1. stella

    stella New Member

    Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has given a cautious response to comments by Prime Minister Tony Abbott that Australia will continue to spy on its northern neighbour.

    Mr Abbott on Friday said Australia had not given any undertakings not to spy on Indonesia, in the wake of the espionage row that has seen the diplomatic relationship between Jakarta and Canberra sink to its lowest point in more than a decade.

    The comments come after Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, following high-level talks with Dr Natalegawa on Thursday, said Australia would 'not undertake any act or use our assets and resources, including intelligence assets, in any way to harm Indonesia'.

    Ms Bishop said the Australian government regretted the hurt caused to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono by media reports of alleged tapping of his mobile phone by Australian intelligence officials four years ago.

    But the prime minister said Australia had not agreed not to spy on Indonesia in the future.

    'No. And they certainly haven't agreed to stop collecting intelligence on Australia,' Mr Abbott told Fairfax radio on Friday.

    'But we are close friends and strategic partners.'

    Dr Natalegawa is expected to report to the Indonesian president later on Friday, with Dr Yudhoyono also expected to make a statement. Stories

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