Indonesia Slams Australia for Spying on Trade Talks

Foreign Minister asks how shrimp exports could be vital to national security

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Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, right, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a joint press conference in Jakarta on Feb. 17, 2014

In a joint press conference with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister criticized Australia for listening in on its trade talks with other countries.

“We should be looking out for each another, not turning against one another,” Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia’s Foreign Minister, said on Monday.

On Sunday, it was revealed that Australia’s intelligence service spied on Indonesia’s trade talks with the U.S. and informed the National Security Agency of its findings.

“To suggest as if the future of shrimps exported by Indonesia to the United States had an impact on Australia’s security is a little bit too much,” Marty said.

[New York Times]