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Jakarta Post

RI ambassador to Oz may not return to Canberra anytime soon

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 9, 2013   /  06:16 pm

Indonesian Ambassador to Australia Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, who was recalled to Jakarta following the revelation of alleged espionage by the Australian Intelligence Agency, may not return to his post in Canberra in the near future as the two countries just entered a lengthy bilateral relations normalization process.

Presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said on Monday that he could not give an exact date of when Nadjib would return to Australia. '€œNadjib will remain here in Indonesia until we are convinced that we can normalize our bilateral relationship with Australia,'€ he said at the State Palace after an event to commemorate International Anti-Corruption Day and International Human Rights Day.

Julian'€™s statement, however, suggested that Nadjib might only be able to serve his post again after the entire six-step roadmap process toward diplomatic relation normalization, set out by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, was completed and pleased both Jakarta and Canberra.

Many believe the process will be a lengthy one that might go on until Yudhoyono finishes his second term in October next year.



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