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    Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) shakes hands with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 26, 2017.

    Australia, Indonesia Agree to Fully Restore Military Ties – Prime Minister

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    Australia and Indonesia agreed on Sunday to fully restore their defense cooperation and boost bilateral trade after a spat over insulting posters, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The two leaders met in Sydney earlier in the day to iron out differences and discuss a range of cooperation issues, including a joint fight against terrorism, Australia’s ABC news network reported.

    "Australia is proud to stand alongside a united, democratic and increasingly prosperous Indonesia. I look forward to working with President Joko Widodo in the months and years ahead to build an even closer bilateral relationship," Turnbull said on social media networks.

    Military ties between the nations broke off last month after an Indonesian serviceman informed the top brass about seeing what he said were offensive posters mocking Indonesian beliefs at Australia’s airbase in Perth.

    Announcing reconciliation at a joint press briefing, Prime Minister Turnbull said it was "critical" that the two neighbors have a strong partnership in order to tackle emerging security challenges. The countries also agreed to mutually reduce trade barriers and lower tariffs for certain exports.

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