JAKARTA - Australia's head of the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department Michael L'Estrange held meetings Friday with Indonesian officials to discuss the controversial issue of protection visas granted by Australia to 42 asylum seekers from Papua. Presidential spokesman Dino Patti Djalal said he met with the special envoy at an undisclosed location earlier in the day but declined to elaborate.
"We met at outside the palace at 10:30," he said, declining to explain the results. Dino said Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda, who also met L'Estrange, would deliver a statement about his talks with the envoy. Separately, Wirajuda said in his office the envoy sent by Prime Minister John Howard would be asked "to clarify things that become questions in Jakarta."
The visa decision has angered Jakarta which then recalled the ambassador to Australia in protest.