PM begins 10 day worldwide tour

PM begins 10 day worldwide tour

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has today begun his first large diplomatic tour as leader, embarking on a 10 day venture.

Mr Turnbull is today heading to Indonesia before bilateral talks in Germany, the G20 summit in Turkey and then diplomatic meetings in the Philippines and Malaysia.

The main meeting of the trip will be the Group of 20 leaders summit, where Mr Turnbull will be calling on nations to focus on economic growth and job creation.

Meanwhile Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has told the ABC  she is looking forward to making progress in bilateral relations when meeting Mr Turnbull.

It comes as Australia’s relationship with the country has been strained following the Abbott government’s boat policy and the executions of Bali nine ring leaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

A local academic however believes the Australian government’s asylum seeker issue will remain an issue beyond today’s talks.

“It’s as if your neighbour took the leaves that were in their yard and just dumped them in our yard,” University of Indonesia academic Evi Fitriani Sukarno said.

“Secondly, Australia has done it by entering Indonesian territory without permission.”

“So it’s like, they have their rubbish, they collect it and then enter our yard and put the rubbish here, without saying anything.”

“People would be furious if you did this. It’s as if Australia is mocking us.”

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