Prime Minister Scott Morrison told Indonesia yesterday it would know by Christmas whether Australia planned to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem but the Morrison government reportedly have told Indonesia there is “less than 5 per cent” chance it will go ahead.
Indonesia has said it will defer signing the $16.5 billion Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which was to have been signed this month, until it receives assurances that Australia will not shift its embassy - something Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi says is none of their business.
The Australian reports, Mr Morrison said he discussed the issue with President Joko Widodo in a morning meeting that he described as “friendly and respectful”, after what appeared to be a cool reception from the Indonesian leader in their first meeting since the Israeli embassy issue sparked fresh tensions in the relationship.
Senator Bernardi told Paul Murray Live on Sky News there are serious internal issues that Indonesia needs to address before it goes threatening Australia.
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