Australia and Indonesia restore military co-operation

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Jakarta Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull visits Jakarta for the first time. He was welcomed by Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the State Palace for a bilateral meeting, and accompanied the President to Tanah Abang Market for a "blusukan".

Australia and Indonesia will restore full military ties after yesterday’s meeting between Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

Indonesia expert Professor Tim Lindsay says ties should not have been suspended in the first place. “It was a unilateral overreaction by a senior military figure, not a decision of the Jokowi Government.”

He also says it is “a reminder of how messy Jokowi’s administration is and how rising nationalist sentiment now makes managing the bilateral relationship more difficult”.

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