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Animal torture a 'hiccup' says Indonesian President
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 03:25:42 PM »
INDONESIA'S President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has described Australia's ban on live cattle exports as a "hiccup" and said the relationship between the countries was strong enough to withstand such challenges.

In an exclusive interview with The Weekend Australian in the presidential palace in Jakarta, Dr Yudhoyono hailed Australia as "not just a very close neighbour but a very close friend".

But the Indonesian President urged the Australian government to settle its leadership crisis quickly. He said because he valued the Australian relationship so highly, he hoped "any leadership issues can be settled quickly so that we can continue our partnership and collaboration".

The President urged a range of enhanced co-operation between the two neighbours, saying "the comprehensive partnership (between Australia and Indonesia) is on track". However, he added: "There have been some hiccups, for example, on the issue of live cattle export ban, but the relationship is strong and can withstand such challenges."

The President said he wanted to see greater Canberra-Jakarta collaboration on global issues, including global financial arrangements: "Indonesia and Australia work closely to institutionalise the G20 summit process and its follow up co-operation. I remember my phone conversations with Prime Minister (Julia) Gillard, and also with former prime minister Kevin Rudd on this issue.

"This is the latest example of how Indonesia and Australia can make a difference globally.

"There is a great deal of work to do on global issues."

On people-smuggling, Dr Yudhoyono urged greater regional co-operation under the Bali process, which the two governments founded in 2002.

"As a major transit country for the illegal movement of people from central and southern Asia to Australia, Indonesia has continually emphasised that this issue can never be dealt with by a single country on its own," he said.

The announcement last year of US troop rotations through Darwin drew some criticism in Jakarta. Dr Yudhoyono said he raised the issue both with US President Barack Obama and with Ms Gillard.

"Both assured me that the presence of a small number of US troops in Australia does not threaten any country in the region," Dr Yudhoyono said.

As a confidence-building measure, the Indonesian President had suggested the US and Australia together hold disaster relief exercises, which would involve a large number of countries in the region, including China.

Dr Yudhoyono gave an upbeat assessment of the prospects for avoiding debilitating rivalry between the US and China, hailing the admission of the US and Russia into the East Asia Summit, which he hosted in Bali late last year, as a "new chapter" in regional relations.

He also said he expected both the US and China to co-operate with each other and with other nations of the region.

"The US and China are becoming increasingly interdependent economically," Dr Yudhoyono said.

    From: The Australian
    February 25, 2012 12:00AM
« Last Edit: March 04, 2012, 03:26:47 PM by WA Export News »