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Indonesia, Australia sign new security agreement to mend ties hurt by spying allegations

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    Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, right, greets Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop during a meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Australia and Indonesia have reached a new agreement on how they'll use their intelligence operations in the future, even settling their disagreement on its name. The agreement their foreign ministers are scheduled to sign Thursday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali is designed to mend a rift sparked last November by accusations that Australians tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight ministers and officials in 2009. (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) (The Associated Press)

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    Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, center, witnesses Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, right, and Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop sign the documents in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Australia and Indonesia have reached a new agreement on how they'll use their intelligence operations in the future, even settling their disagreement on its name.(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) (The Associated Press)

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    Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, left, shakes hands with his Australia counterpart Julie Bishop during their bilateral meeting in Bali, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Australia and Indonesia have reached a new agreement on how they'll use their intelligence operations in the future, even settling their disagreement on its name. The agreement their foreign ministers are scheduled to sign Thursday on the Indonesian resort island of Bali is designed to mend a rift sparked last November by accusations that Australians tapped the cellphones of the Indonesian president, his wife and eight ministers and officials in 2009.(AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati) (The Associated Press)

Indonesia and Australia have signed a new security agreement to mend ties damaged last year by spying allegations.

The agreement was signed by the countries' foreign ministers Thursday on Indonesia's Bali island. Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono witnessed the ceremony.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the pact will lead to enhanced intelligence operations and the restoration of full military cooperation between the countries, which have a history of testy relations.

Yudhoyono downgraded relations with Australia last year over reports it had phone-tapped him, his wife and eight Indonesian ministers and officials in 2009.

Indonesia said normal diplomatic relations were contingent on the deal, which stipulates that the countries will not use their intelligence and surveillance capacities in ways that would harm each other's interests.

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