Australia, Indonesia hope to heal phone tapping rift with new pact
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Australia, Indonesia hope to heal phone tapping rift with new pact

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia and Indonesia have reached an agreement that will heal a bilateral rift sparked last November by accusations that Australia had tapped the cell phones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Tuesday that she will fly to Jakarta soon to sign the code of conduct that Indonesia had insisted upon before diplomatic relations are normalized.

Indonesia’s outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono downgraded the bilateral relationship and withdrew his ambassador from Australia in protest at media reports of phone-tapping allegations from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Relations have been gradually proving since then, and Indonesian ambassador Nadjib Riphat Kesoema returned to Canberra in May.

Bishop has not released details of the pact.