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Jakarta Post

`Indonesia is not just a neighbor, but a friend as well'

  • Kevin Rudd

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 26 2009   /  01:58 pm

When I came here tonight I was accosted by Jamie Mackie, and he's entitled to do that. He's been around for a bit. And his question is always disarming but frank, which is *How goes the relationship? Are you taking it seriously?' My response to him was along these lines - that in the year 2008, the President of Indonesia, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and I met on seven occasions. We've now entered that into the Guinness Book of Records under the bilateral relations heading. If you look at the official fabric of the relationship, there is a lot going on. And this is a very broad, important and vital relationship for us, as is reflected by that level of contact and having been myself to Indonesia three times in the last year. What does all that mean? It means for us in our part of this relationship that it is of vital importance to Australia. Somewhere in the world, if w...