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Twitter tirade: Indonesian president slams our ‘hurtful action’

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Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has taken to Twitter to express his displeasure at the latest allegations of spying by Australian agencies on Indonesia.

In a series of strongly worded tweets, Mr Yudhoyon criticised “Australia’s hurtful action” and said the recall of the Indonesian ambassador was “stern diplomatic action”.

The statements come after Indonesia’s ambassador in Canberra was ordered yesterday to leave for Jakarta immediately, following claims Australia had tapped the phone of the president. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa announced late yesterday that the ambassador would be recalled.

“It’s nothing less than an unfriendly act,” Dr Natalegawa said of the spying claims.

The president’s foreign affairs spokesman, Teuku Faizasyah, has called for an explanation.

“The Australian government urgently needs to clarify on this news to avoid further damage,” he said.

“The damage has been done and now trust must be rebuilt.”

Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto earlier said he would demand Australia make a public explanation about the claims and make a commitment that it would not monitor the phones again.

The documents, obtained and published by the ABC and The Guardian, list 10 officials and their phone details — beginning with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and wife Ani.

Following the recall, the Indonesian president turned to social media to express his views on the revelations:

“Foreign Minister and other government minister will also involve to conduct an effective diplomacy, while we wait clarification from US and Australia.”

“We are also reviewing the bilateral cooperation because of Australia’s hurtful action.”

“I was also deeply regretted the Australia’s Prime Minister statement which took lightly the tapping issue towards Indonesia, without feeling guilty.”

“Today I have instructed FM Marty Natalegawa to recall our ambassador back to Jakarta. This was a stern diplomatic action.”

“Since the news about US and Australia were spying towards so many countries, including Indonesia, we have protested vehemently.”

“US and Australia’s action was a violation of the strategic partnership with Indonesia, a fellow democratic country.”

“Indonesia also demanded Australia to give an official response that can be shared for public about the surveillance/tapping on Indonesia.”

With AAP