I welcome President Joko Widodo’s comments today regarding the bilateral relationship between Australia and Indonesia and his desire to resolve quickly current issues impacting on elements of defence cooperation.
The President and I share a firm commitment to continue to build on the close relationship between our countries, based on common interests and mutual respect.
Our defence partnership is important to both countries, with extensive cooperation across a wide range of areas. Australia remains committed to strengthening defence ties with our near neighbour.
I look forward to this matter being resolved as soon as possible.
I acknowledge and value President Widodo’s commitment to the strategic partnership between our two countries and value our personal friendship.