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Manus Island on Iranian-Indonesian human rights agenda

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Iran and Indonesia are preparing to discuss Australia’s treatment of asylum seekers, following the death of an Iranian man on Manus Island.

Reza Berati, 23, died on February 17 when riots erupted at Australia’s offshore detention centre.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, visiting Jakarta on Thursday, said Australian policy would be the topic of future talks.

“The lives of our nationals are important to us and we did in fact issue a statement against the way Iranian nationals were treated by Australia,” he told reporters.

“This is an issue we will be discussing.” he said.

“We agreed to have a working group, on consular affairs.

“We will be discussing together this issue in addition to other issues of a humanitarian character arising out of these talks.”

Dr Zarif was speaking at a media conference alongside Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who did not respond to questions about the talks.

The leaders’ talks on Thursday touched on investment, combating terrorism and regional stability.

Diplomatic ties between Australia and Indonesia, meanwhile, have still not normalised after last year’s revelations of spying.

It has been nearly 100 days since the two nations agreed to work on a new code of ethics but little progress has been made since.

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