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Indonesian Forests Get Australian Assistance

Updated On: Jun 17, 2008

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta, 14 June 2008
Rudd signs up for joint effort on climate change

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono welcomed Australian PM Kevin Rudd on Friday 13 June for his first meeting since Rudd was sworn in as the Australian prime minister.

A highlight of the meeting was an agreement for cooperation on Indonesian forests in the context of climate change. Yudhoyono and Rudd also discussed expanding the two countries' security cooperation within the framework of the Lombok Treaty.

Rudd visited leaders of Indonesia's largest Muslim organizations Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah to offer exchange programs and scholarships.

Rudd’s visit, while viewed positively, did not change Canberra’s decision to uphold a travel warning against visiting the archipelago. There have also been criticisms, especially from Japan, that Rudd chose to first visit China in April 2008, as the only Asian stop on his inaugural world tour.