Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, right, is greeted by her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Monday, March 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
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Australia's foreign minister defended Canberra's controversial refugee policy Monday during a trip to the key transit nation Indonesia, after Jakarta pressed for more help for people waiting for resettlement.Asylum-seekers have long been a flashpoint between the two countries, with large numbers who are seeking to reach Australia by boat ending up stranded in Indonesia instead. Indonesia is a not a party to the U.N. refugee convention, which means it is under no obligation to protect refugees, unlike Australia.Ties between Indonesia and Australia have been strained in recent years by Canberra's immigration policies, allegations of espionage, and Jakarta's execution last year of Australian drug traffickers.
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