Australia and Indonesia reach agreement on asylum seeker rescues

Australia and Indonesia reach agreement on asylum seeker rescues

Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement to improve cooperation, in responding to asylum seekers boats in distress at sea.

The deal with the Australia government provide Indonesia with an extra $4.4 million to improve the training of Indonesian search and rescue officers, and enhance the use of satellite communications and tracking technology.

The deal has been reached during talks between Defence Minister Steven Smith and his Indonesian counterpart in Jakarta overnight, and the pair are expected to sign a defence cooperative agreement later today. 

Transport Minister Anthony Albanese says its a huge milestone in relations between the two countries.

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