AUSTRALIA-INDONESIA DEAL HINGES ON JERUSALEM MOVE: MINISTER
The Australia-Indonesia free trade deal has been put on hold with the Indonesian Trade Minister confirming there will be no agreement while Australia considers moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, The Sydney Morning Herald reports, quoting Indonesian Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita. According to The Guardian, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has told President Joko Widodo that Australia will make a decision on the embassy relocation from Tel Aviv by Christmas, and insists his government is motivated by wanting to see progress towards a two-state solution. Australia’s embattled conservative coalition was dealt a spectacular defeat during a by-election in October, sending the country into a period of political instability. This also diminishes the prospects of the embassy relocation, according to The Times of Israel.