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Australia's Foreign Minister to Visit Indonesia

Visit to Indonesia

I will visit Jakarta on 27 February to meet with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, Hassan Wirajuda, and attend an international counter-terrorism conference.

Relations with Indonesia are in excellent shape and I look forward to this timely opportunity to meet Dr Wirajuda to pursue key bilateral interests, including counter-terrorism cooperation and efforts to combat the shared problem of illegal fishing.

Following the opening of the counter-terrorism conference by President Yudhoyono, I will deliver a keynote address, underscoring Australia’s firm commitment to working with Indonesia and our other neighbours to combat terrorism. The conference will bring together counter-terrorism officials and other experts from over 30 countries, including Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty.

Hosted by the Indonesian Crime Prevention Foundation in Jakarta, the conference focuses on suicide bombings. The 2002 Bali attacks highlighted the threat that suicide bombings pose to our region. The critical importance of addressing this threat was again reinforced by the 2004 Australian Embassy bombing and the October 2005 Bali attacks.

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