Australia & Indonesia End Diplomatic Rift, Resume Intelligence & Military Cooperation

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By Vittorio Hernandez | August 20, 2014 9:01 AM EST

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on Tuesday that Canberra and Jakarta would sign by the end of August the Code of Conduct, an indicator that the diplomatic rift between Australia and neighbour Indonesia would formally end.

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Visiting Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono gestures as he delivers a speech during his visit at the presidential palace in Manila May 23, 2014. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

With the inking of the code, drawn in response to the scandal caused by Australian spy agencies eavesdropping on the mobile phone of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and several cabinet officials, intelligence and military cooperation are expected to return to normal.

Bishop and her counterpart, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, will sign the one-page agreement before Mr Yudhoyono, the outgoing president, and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

It was NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden who made public through documents he released in November that Aussie spies tapped the phone of Indonesian officials in 2009 under the government led by Labor PM Kevin Rudd.

Bishop was asked if the code of conduct is an assurance from Canberra's end that it wouldn't spy on Jakarta, the minister replied, quoted by The Sydney Morning Herald, "This means we will not be using our intelligence resources to harm Indonesia's interest."

The code of conduct is part of the six-point plan to restore good relations that Mr Yudhoyono required after he froze Indonesian military and police cooperation with Australia over control of asylum seekers.

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