Australia and Indonesia restore military ties

26 February 2017 (Last Updated February 26th, 2017 18:30)

The governments of Australia and Indonesia have reinstated complete military ties and cooperation between the two nations to reaffirm their defence and security relationship.

The governments of Australia and Indonesia have reinstated complete military ties and cooperation between the two nations to reaffirm their defence and security relationship.

The development was announced by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull alongside Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the annual Indonesia-Australia Leaders’ Meeting in Sydney.

The countries aim to improve their relationship as well as extended their support for concluding the Indonesia-Australia economic partnership agreement by the end of this year.

"To seize the opportunities before us, leaders agreed to draw on the strengths of each country to create jobs and investment and raise living standards."

A joint statement issued by Widodo and Turnbull read: “To seize the opportunities before us, leaders agreed to draw on the strengths of each country to create jobs and investment and raise living standards; to harness a shared strategic vision for our region to safeguard sea lanes, fight terrorism and deter transnational crime; and to celebrate our diversity, through deeper community understanding of our neighbouring societies, languages and cultures.”

In addition, foreign ministers signed a Joint Declaration on Maritime Cooperation, which aims to strengthen maritime collaboration between the two nations, in addition to offering mutual economic and security benefits.

In January, Indonesia suspended military cooperation with Australia over the use of training materials and remarks at an army language training unit in Australia that Indonesia allegedly found insulting.