Australia's new Prime Minister Tony Abbott insisted Monday that his country has "total respect" for Indonesia's sovereignty after his tough refugee policies, including towing asylum-seekers' boats back to Indonesia, sparked anger.
Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (right) talks to Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott after talks in Jakarta, on September 30, 2013. Abbott began a visit to Indonesia on September 30 for talks on his tough refugee policies that have sparked anger in Jakarta, as his government faced criticism over a boat sinking that left dozens dead or missing. PHOTO / ADEK BERRY
As his government back home defended itself from criticism over a deadly asylum boat sinking off Indonesia last week, the visiting Australian leader and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono sought to present a united front on the issue despite recent tensions.
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