The Jakarta Globe reports that the chilly state of relations between Jakarta and Canberra may be about to thaw as the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia is packing his bags and planning to once again assume his Ambassadorial duties in Canberra.
Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema quit Canberra in November 2013 amidst allegations that Australian intelligence was involved in listening to the hand phone conversations of the Indonesian President, Cabinet and First Lady.
Meanwhile, trade between Indonesia and Australia was estimated at US$13 billion last year with many experts worried that a continuing state of sour relations between the two neighbors puts trade at risk.
Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema told Reuters, “I haven’t been given an exact date but I’m expecting to go back to Australia by the last week of May,” adding Indonesia was “working very hard to mend our relationship with Australia.”
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