Indonesia warns relations with Australia to worsen after spying leak




 
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Indonesia warns relations with Australia to worsen after spying leak
 
November 18th, 2013  
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Indonesia warns relations with Australia to worsen after spying leak
By Kanupriya Kapoor JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia called back its envoy to Australia for consultations on Monday after media reported that Australia's spy agencies had tried to tap mobile phones of top officials, calling the eavesdropping an "unfriendly" act that would damage ties. The call for the envoy to come home marks a new low in increasingly tetchy relations between the neighbors since Australia's conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, took office in September. Indonesia was upset over earlier reports of Australian spying and differences over the heavily politicized issue of asylum seekers trying to reach Australia via Indonesia. "We are calling our ambassador back from Canberra immediately for a consultation," Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told reporters.




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