Australia foreign minister tries to mend fences over Indonesia spying row, offers 'regrets'

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says her government regrets the hurt caused to Indonesia's president and its people by reports that Australia tapped his phone.

Bishop's visit Thursday is the face-to-face meeting between senior officials of the two countries since a row erupted last month over media reports of the alleged spying, based on documents provided by U.S. National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Indonesia was outraged and downgraded its relations with Australia over the alleged bugging of the phones of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and members of his inner circle in 2009.

Cooperation between the militaries and law enforcement agencies of the two countries was suspended, including work on people smuggling. Indonesia also recalled its ambassador to Australia.