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Gillard praises development of democracy in Indonesia

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, November 3 2010   /  09:42 am

Visiting Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard praised the development of democracy in Indonesia on Tuesday, saying that conditions were conducive for the two neighboring countries to enhance cooperation in all areas.    Gillard made the remarks when she paid a courtesy call to Speaker of the People‚Äôs Consultative Assembly (MPR), Taufik Kiemas, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Marzuki Alie, and Speaker of the Regional Representatives Council (DPD), Irman Gusman.Gillard visited the parliament to seek political support for ongoing bilateral cooperation in various fields, especially the proposed legislation on human smuggling.Gillard had discussed the human smuggling issue earlier in the day with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during their bilateral talks at the State Palace. Both agreed to intensify the recently-held Bali Process Forum discussions to seek con...