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Indonesia suspends military cooperation with Australia

Thursday, 5 January 2017

JAKARTA: Indonesia has suspended military cooperation with Australia, reportedly due to training materials deemed offensive, in a fresh flare-up of tensions between the neighbours.

Cooperation including military exercises and education and exchange programmes were put on hold last month, said Indonesian military spokesman Wuryanto.

It came after an instructor from Indonesia’s special forces found training materials he thought were disrespectful towards his country and armed forces at an Australian academy during an exchange programme.

Wuryanto refused to confirm this, saying only that the suspension was due to several problems.

The neighbours are key allies but the relationship has had many ups and downs.

Wuryanto said the Indonesian military sent a letter to the Australian Defence Force on Dec 9, notifying them of the suspension.

Source by: Internet

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