Indonesia recalls envoy to Australia over spying

Indonesia recalls envoy to Australia over spying
Australia's PM Abbott, seen here with Indonesia's President Yudhoyono in Jakarta in September, would not confirm allegations that Canberra targeted the cellphones of Dr Yudhoyono and his inner circle.

Indonesia has recalled its ambassador in Canberra and vowed to review all cooperation with Australia amid national outrage over the latest revelations that Australian intelligence had tapped the mobile phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and top officials.

"We cannot have an ambassador able to carry out his duties normally in such circumstances," Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa told a press conference yesterday, hours after Australian media reported leaked documents on the tapping by Australia's electronic intelligence agency, dating to August 2009.

"I would advise the ambassador, don't just bring a cabin bag," Dr Marty added.

The documents, from former United States intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, threaten to create a serious dent in ties between the neighbours.

Recalling an ambassador is one of the strongest expressions of displeasure at a host country.

Indonesian officials stressed their reaction was measured, and would not be drawn into what concrete steps might be taken next, saying the onus was on Australia to set things right.

Jakarta wants Canberra to offer an "official and public explanation" and a commitment not to repeat the act, Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Djoko Suyanto told reporters.

Indonesia will also "review cooperation in information sharing between the governments of Indonesia and Australia, including the deployment of Australian diplomats at the Australian Embassy in Jakarta", he added.

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