JAKARTA: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Tuesday that Indonesia is reviewing cooperation with Australia over “hurtful” claims his phone was spied on, a day after Jakarta angrily recalled its ambassador from Canberra.
Yudhoyono also hit out at Prime Minister Tony Abbott for what he said was a lack of remorse over the reports that Australian spy agencies tried to listen to his phone calls, as well as those of his wife and ministers.
The revelations have heaped further pressure on relations between Jakarta and Canberra, which were already strained over earlier spying allegations and the issue of boatpeople heading to Australia via Indonesia.
Indonesia is “reviewing the bilateral cooperation because of Australia’s hurtful action,” Yudhoyono said in a tweet, referring to the accounts of spying in documents leaked by US intelligence fugitive Edward Snowden to Australian media.
Indonesia and Australia are vital strategic and trading partners and have traditionally worked together in many areas, including in anti-terrorism initiatives and on the sensitive issue of asylum seekers.
“I also deplore the Australian PM’s statement that wiretapping in Indonesia is considered a small thing, without any feeling of remorse,” he said.