Nov. 1 - Indonesia demands Australian explanation over media reports that its Jakarta embassy was used by the U.S. for spying. Paul Chapman reports.
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Australia's ambassador to Indonesia arrives at the Foreign Ministry in Jakarta for what could be an uncomfortable meeting
He's been asked to explain media reports that his embassy was used by the U.S. to spy on Indonesia.
Greg Moriarty left making only a brief comment to waiting media on the way.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) GREG MORIARTY, AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO INDONESIA, SAYING:
"I've just had a meeting with the Secretary General and from my perspective the meeting was a good meeting and now I have to go and report to my government, thank you."
In the Australian city of Perth Indonesia's foreign minister was meeting his Australian counterpart to discuss the same issue.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) MARTY NATALEGAWA, INDONESIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAYING:
"The fact that certain countries may have certain capacities to gather information in the way that they have, that's one thing. But whether you would want to put that into effect and therefore potentially damage the kind of trust and confidence that has been nurtured and developed over many decades and years is something that we may want to ponder."
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop declined to comment.
(SOUNDBITE)(English) JULIE BISHOP, AUSTRALIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SAYING:
"Foreign Minister Natalegawa raised his concerns and I took them on board, I take them seriously, but the Australian government does not and will not comment on intelligence matters."
Australian involvement in a U.S.-led surveillance network could seriously damage relations with Indonesia, its nearest neighbour and a key strategic ally.