Indonesia says strengthening of borders is not a direct act against Australia

Indonesia says strengthening of borders is not a direct act against Australia

Indonesia has confirmed it is increasing the patrol of its borders, but insists it is not meant to be an unfriendly act toward Australia.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa is also in Davos for the World Economic Forum, and has admitted to Australian reporters there have been tensions between the two countries in recent times.

It comes after Australia admitted to inadvertently entering Indonesian waters earlier this month, as part of Operation Sovereign Borders.

Indonesia has now deployed extra warships to the border, but Mr Natalegawa insists it is simply the act of a country wanting to protect its borders.

He says Indonesia remains opposed to Australia’s polic of turning asylum seeker boats around at sea, but he says overall, the bilateral relations between the two countries remains good.

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