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Australia takes steps towards mending military ties with Jakarta after row over training materials

05 January 2017

Key Points

  • Australia has begun investigations into training materials that may have sparked row with the Indonesian Armed Forces
  • A suspension of military co-operation by the Indonesian Armed Forces has not been endorsed by the country's government

Canberra has taken steps towards mending military ties with Indonesia, after the latter's armed forces confirmed that they were suspending all co-operation with their Australian counterparts.

The suspension covers military-to-military exchanges, training activities, and education programmes, across all three services of the armed forces.

The Indonesian Armed Forces (Tentara Nasional Indonesia: TNI) said on 4 January, through their head of communications, Major General Wuryanto, that they were suspending all activities with the Australian Defence Force (ADF) for "technical reasons".

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