Indonesia, Australia restore military ties

Indonesia-Australia defence relations

Defence relations

Indonesia and Australia regularly exchange military personnel and conduct joint training and patrolling exercises.

The relationship soured over Indonesian military violations in the run-up to East Timor’s independence from Indonesia in 1999.

After the Bali bombings of 2002, the two nations worked together to fight regional-terrorism.

However, allegations of Australian spying in 2013, and Indonesia’s executions of Australian drug-smugglers in 2015 further strained ties.


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