New justice forum
Australia and Indonesia have decided to establish an annual forum to boost cooperation between the two countries on law and justice issues.
A meeting between Attorney-General, George Brandis and Indonesian Minister for Law and Human Rights, Amir Syamsuddin said the forum, involving the countries’ Law and Justice Ministers, would strengthen the partnership, promote understanding of each other’s legal systems and take a practical approach to combating challenges and seizing opportunities in the region.
“Cooperation with Indonesia is essential to Australia’s security and we welcome the opportunity to establish a closer, regular and more strategic level of engagement with Indonesia on important law and justice issues,” Senator Brandis said.
“The decision to establish the Law and Justice Ministers meeting follows the successful first visit to Indonesia by Prime Minister, Tony Abbott and underlines the priority that Australia places on our partnership with Indonesia.”
He said the forum would complement the Annual Leaders Meeting, the 2 +2 meetings between Foreign Affairs and Defence Ministers and other Australia-Indonesia bilateral meetings.
“This initiative will provide a major opportunity for Australian and Indonesian Law and Justice Ministers to progress a wide range of issues,” Senator Brandis said.
“It is a platform for our countries to engage on law and justice issues that will benefit Australians and Indonesians.”
The inaugural forum will be held in December.
Edition 386, 5 November 2013