Indonesian ambassador returns to Australia after six months

Indonesian ambassador returns to Australia after six months

Indonesia’s ambassador to Australia has returned to Canberra as part of efforts to repair the relationship between the two countries.

Najib Riphat Kesoema was recalled by the Indonesian president last November amid allegations ASIO was spying on the President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife, and his inner circle by tapping telephone calls.

A spokeswoman for Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says the ambassador’s return is part of the process of resolving the issues the Government inherited from the former Labor government.

Indonesia has asked Austraila to sign a code of conduct covering issues like defence, people smuggling, and intelligence sharing, but it is not clear if that has been addressed by Australia.

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