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Posted on 10/29/2013 9:52:57 PM PDT by TexGrill
After weeks of escalating tensions over his hardline stop the boats policies, Tony Abbotts first official visit as prime minister to Jakarta on Monday was marked by a collegial tone.
Speaking with Indonesias president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, at the state palace, Abbott dropped talk of turning the boats around, instead emphasising his commitment to respecting the sovereignty of Australias northern neighbour.
Abbott said he had a frank conversation about issues of sovereignty including the restive province of West Papua and the talks were candid, constructive, and collegial.
Australia has total respect for Indonesias sovereignty and territorial integrity, said Abbott, stressing a collaborative, approach to addressing the asylum seeker problem.
We are resolved together united to tackle this problem and to beat it, on land and at sea, and at the borders of our countries.
Abbott campaigned hard prior to his election on the promise that he could stop the flow of asylum seeker boats, but his policies to meet this pledge have been the subject of criticism and derision by Indonesian politicians.
Under the so-called Operation Sovereign Borders, Abbott has proposed turning asylum seeker boats around when safe to do so, as well as buying boats from Indonesian fishermen and offering them financial incentives for key information about people-smuggling operations.
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