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Expectations are high for the reciprocal visit 12 months after Mr Turnbull flew to Jakarta for a trip now widely recognised as having helped overcome a deeply troubled period in relations following the April 2015 executions of two Australians jailed for drug smuggling, as well as bitter disagreements over Australia’s asylum boat turnback policy.
“It’s always significant when Indonesia’s head of state comes to Australia because it happens quite rarely and this is a real sign from the Indonesian government (that relations have warmed),” said Eve Warburton, an Indonesia expert and research fellow at ANU’s Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs.
“It’s obviously a good sign that Jokowi is reciprocating Turnbull’s visit, but the significance of it will depend on what decisions are made.”
Read the full article Jokowi’s visit a high point in Australian relations in The Australian.