The President of the world`s most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, on Thursday called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono urged the two candidates in Wednesday`s disputed presidential election to keep their supporters in check during what will be an agonisisng two-week wait for an official result.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Wednesday he hoped to establish a "security round table" with Indonesia, seeking to rebuild a strategic relationship with a key Asian neighbour damaged by allegations of spying by Canberra.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Wednesday said Indonesia has temporarily halted its military and intelligence cooperation with Australia over the latter`s wiretapping of Indonesian leaders.
Indonesia`s president criticized Australia`s prime minister on Tuesday for not expressing remorse over the alleged wiretapping of his phone, and said cooperation agreements between the near-neighbors would be reviewed.
Regretting any embarrassment caused to Indonesia, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Tuesday rejected Indonesia`s demand for an apology for the country`s alleged spying activities that has triggered diplomatic tension between the two nations.
Documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden revealing Australia was spying on Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his wife have led to diplomatic tensions between the two nations with Indonesia giving a deadline of two days to respond.
Australian spy agencies attempted to listen to the phone calls of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and targeted his wife and senior ministers, reports said on Monday, drawing a demand for answers from Jakarta.