Australia and Indonesia agreed to boost intelligence-sharing in the fight against terrorism, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on December 21 following the annual bilateral talks with her counterpart Retno Marsudi in Sydney.
The move was decided days after Indonesian police arrested several men allegedly linked to a planned suicide bombing in Jakarta, Indonesia.
For her part, Marsudi said the intelligence-sharing is one of the most important issues that her country has to do under the context of the counter-terrorism cooperation.
Previously on December 12, Indonesia police detained six members of an alleged extremist network and seized chemicals and tools in raids in Java province thanks to intelligence reports from the Australia Federal Police.
Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, suffered several major bomb attacks by Islamic radicals between 2000 and 2009, including the 2002 Bali bombings which killed 202 people.