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Indonesia, Australia sign new security deal

Staff writer |
Indonesia and Australia have signed a new security agreement to mend ties damaged last year by spying allegations.

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The agreement was signed by the countries' foreign ministers on Indonesia's Bali island. Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono witnessed the ceremony.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the pact will lead to enhanced intelligence operations and the restoration of full military cooperation between the countries, which have a history of testy relations.

Indonesia said normal diplomatic relations were contingent on the deal, which stipulates that the countries will not use their intelligence and surveillance capacities in ways that would harm each other's interests.


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