I have today spoken with Indonesia’s Foreign Minister Dr Marty Natalegawa regarding devastation caused by severe flooding in Jakarta, which has resulted in at least 5 deaths and the evacuation of 20,000 people.
I expressed condolences on behalf of Australia for the families and friends of those killed in the floods, and support for Indonesia’s Government as it responds to this emergency.
Australia and Indonesia share common experiences of natural disaster.
Australians would recall Indonesia’s generous assistance in the aftermath of the Queensland floods, including through the offer of $US1 million for disaster relief.
I made clear that Australia – through our Embassy in Jakarta - stood ready to assist in the flood relief effort, should this be requested.
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