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Jokowi asks Australia to respect Indonesia’s internal affairs

Indonesian President Joko Jokowi Widodo has called on Australia not to interfere with Indonesia's internal affairs following a report that materials used at a military language training facility in Perth allegedly mock the state's ideology Pancasila, The Jakarta Post Online reported on Thursday.

An Indonesian military (TNI) language trainer teaching at the training facility between October and November found out that several teaching materials used in the curriculum of the learning camp allegedly discredited the Indonesia military and tweaked Pancasila to become Pancagila or five crazy principles.

The incident prompted the TNI to suspend cooperation on the language exchange programme and evaluate other defense agreements.

President Jokowi said he had received reports about the incident, adding he though Indonesia and Australia have agreed to respect each other and not interfere in each other's internal affairs.

He said the Pancasila incident must be resolved as soon as possible so that the relationship between the two countries would not be affected.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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