Australia, Indonesia unite over terror threat

The threat of emerging terror groups has united both countries after their relationship was frozen following the execution of two Australian drug smugglers

Australia, Indonesia unite over terror threat

World Bulletin / News Desk

Australia's Justice Minister Michael Keenan is on Thursday ending two days of talks with senior government and security figures in Jakarta according to a newspiece in SBS.

On Wednesday he met Vice President Jusuf Kalla, discussing the shared problem of how to respond to ISIL, and how to share intelligence on the terror group's activities and influence.

Relations between the two countries came to standstill after  Indonesia's executions of Sydney men Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan, with President Joko Widodo denying the two men in January. Their execution took place on April 29.

The ambassador has returned to Jakarta, and Australian ministers are scheduled to visit every month, Mr Kalla says.

"The relationship with between Indonesia and Australia now I think is okay, it is much better compared with a few months ago," he told reporters.

Foreign Ministers Julie Bishop and Retno Marsudi broke the ice earlier this month with "very candid" talks in Kuala Lumpur, and a large Australian trade delegation will visit Jakarta in November.

A counter-terror financing summit will also be held in Sydney between the two countries.

Indonesia's PPTAK, the Financial Transactions Reports and Analysis Centre, and its Australian counterpart AUSTRAC have already detected money flowing from Australia to Indonesian groups supporting Islamic State, according to media reports from March.

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