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Monday, 19 October 2015
Page: 11486

Lombok Treaty

Dear Dr Jensen

Thank you for your letter of 18 August 2015 regarding a petition on the Agreement between the Republic of Indonesia and Australia on the Framework for Security Cooperation (`Lombok Treaty') submitted to the Commonwealth Parliament's Standing Committee on Petitions.

Australia's relationship with Indonesia is one of our most important in the region. Both countries cooperate on a broad range of interests including trade and investment, counter-terrorism and regional security, education and tourism. In 2010, the two countries elevated the relationship to a strategic partnership.

The Lombok Treaty entered into force on 7 February 2007 and under Article 10, remains in force until terminated. The Australian Government has no plans to negotiate any amendment to the terms of the Lombok Treaty or the 2014 Code of Conduct implementing the Treaty with the Indonesian Government.

I trust this information is of assistance.

from the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ms Julie Bishop