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There will be no fundamental change to Jakarta's foreign policies, even when a new government takes over, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa said.
JAKARTA: There will be no fundamental change to Jakarta's foreign policies, even when a new government takes over, Indonesia's Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa said.
A change in administration is widely expected before the end of the year, with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's second and final term in office ending in July.
Dr Marty said he is confident Jakarta will continue to fulfil its international commitments, barring any surprises the election might throw up.
It was the last foreign policy outlook for President Susulo Bambang Yudhoyono's administration, but not necessarily the last for Indonesia's top diplomat.
Indonesia will be holding both its presidential and parliamentary elections later this year.
But Dr Marty gave his assurance that a new government will not mean a shift in foreign policy.
He said: "I reckon that the new government we will have by the end of this year will not fundamentally impact the international commitments given by Indonesia in the last few years."
In October, just days after being sworn in, Indonesia's new president will be scheduled to attend the G20 Summit in Australia, likely to be the leader's first international duties.
Although no timetable has been set, observers expect relations between Jakarta and Canberra to normalise by the time Indonesia has a new president, considering the importance of the G20 Summit.
Dr Marty said: "The current relations between Indonesia and Australia are in a difficult phase. At the same time, I am of the view this is an aberration and not the rule. And that in due course, relations will be back to where it has been in recent past."
Indonesia-Australia relations soured after Canberra allegedly wire-tapped phone conversations of President Yudhoyono, the First Lady, and several key ministers.
Dr Marty said he has been in contact with his Australian counterpart almost daily to get ties between the two countries back on track, based on a six-step road map proposed by President Yudhoyono.
He saw lack of trust as a foreign policy challenge for the Asia-Pacific region, and said Jakarta will work to convert this "trust deficit" into what he called a "strategic trust" because keeping regional peace and security remains Indonesia's principal priority for 2014.