Australia, Indonesia restore full military ties, see progress on trade

Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi (L-R), Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop pose for a picture during a signing ceremony at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 26, 2017. REUTERS/David Moir/Pool

Australia and Indonesia said on Sunday that full military ties between the two countries had been restored, after Indonesia’s military suspended cooperation in January because of “insulting” teaching material found at an Australian base.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull made the announcement alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who arrived in Australia on Saturday for his first visit as president.

“President Widodo and I have agreed to full restoration of defence cooperation, training exchanges and activities,” Turnbull said at a news conference in Sydney.

Widodo’s visit to Australia comes less than two months after military ties were suspended, an event that sparked a minor diplomatic spat and led to an apology from Australia’s army chief in February. Military cooperation between the two countries has ranged from joint training and counterterrorism cooperation to border protection…

Read more : Reuters, 26.02.2017