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Australian PM vows to fix Indonesian relations

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Associated Press | November 19, 2013 11:00 PM EST | AP


CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told Parliament he will do everything he "reasonably can" to repair relations with Indonesia damaged by allegations of Australian phone tapping of senior Indonesian figures.

But Abbott told Parliament on Wednesday he did not "propose to overreact now" to Indonesian anger over this issue.

Indonesian President President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has criticized Abbott for not expressing remorse over media reports of wiretapping of his phone, and says cooperation agreements between the near-neighbors will be reviewed.

Abbott said: "My intention, notwithstanding the difficulties of these days, is to do everything I reasonably can to help to build and strengthen the relationship with Indonesia which is so important to both our countries."