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Jakarta Post

RI considers restarting Oz border talks

  • Dian Septiari and Tama Salim

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 12 2018   /  12:18 am

The upcoming visit of a high-level Indonesian delegation to Australia may set the tone for the two neighbors’ ties for the next few years, as Jakarta weighs its option to either conclude a much-awaited trade deal or demand clarity over unresolved border negotiations with Canberra.

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his high-level entourage is scheduled to fly to Sydney this Friday for bilateral talks with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, followed by the President’s attendance at a special ASEAN-Australia summit over the weekend.

Among the delegation will be Damos Agusman, the Foreign Ministry’s director general for legal affairs and treaties, who plans to have a meeting with his erstwhile Australian counterpart, Gary Quinlan, on the possibility of restarting unresolved border negotiations with Canberra.

Quinlan, chief negotiator for the recently ...