'Decent Indonesians' understand Australian anger over executions: PM Abbott

May 1st, 2015  
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Topic: 'Decent Indonesians' understand Australian anger over executions: PM Abbott

SYDNEY (Reuters) - "Decent Indonesians" understand Australian anger over the execution of two convicted drug traffickers,*Prime Minister Tony Abbott said after Jakarta's ambassador in Canberra expressed sympathy*for the families of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.* His comments followed a statement by Ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema acknowledging the strain the executions had placed on relations between the neighbors. Abbott recalled Australia’s ambassador to Indonesia, Paul Gibson, in protest against the execution of Sukumaran and Chan, who faced a firing squad, along with six drug convicts from several countries, shortly after midnight on Wednesday. "It's a sign that decent people in Indonesia appreciate the anger that Australians feel at these cruel and unnecessary deaths and it's a sign that in time the good and strong friendship between Australia and Indonesia can be resumed," Abbott told reporters in Canberra on Friday.


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