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Scott Morrison visit expected to restart ministerial meetings with Indonesia

Scott Morrison visit expected to restart ministerial meetings with Indonesia

Scott Morrison arrived in Indonesia on Thursday night, starting his first overseas visit hoping to grow the $16.2 billion trade relationship and establish regular ministerial cooperation with Joko Widodo’s administration.

The two countries are expected to sign a formal agreement to conclude long-running free trade negotiations and announce formation of a Strategic Partnership between Canberra and Jakarta, restarting ministerial-level meetings on defence, foreign affairs and trade.

Foreign policy experts praised Mr Morrison for travelling to meet the Indonesian President less than a week after replacing Malcolm Turnbull, a positive signal to Jakarta and taking advantage of a strategic window of opportunity to finalise the trade deal in a notorious protectionist system.

The agreement is expected to see an Australian university open a campus in Jakarta, bring a relaxation of rules around the beef trade and establish new rules on investment and intellectual property.

Other announcements are expected for cooperation on transport, cyber security and the creative economy.