Aust-Indo deal signing in 'coming months'

Aust-Indo deal signing in 'coming months'

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Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says the trade deal with Indonesia is in both countries' interest.

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says the trade deal with Indonesia is in both countries' interest.

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Trade Minister Simon Birmingham has blamed 'translation' issues for the holdup on the Aust-Indo trade deal.

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Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says Australia and Indonesia will sign their major trade deal in the coming months and blamed translation issues for a hold-up in the pact.

The two nations had planned to sign the deal at the East Asia Summit in Singapore last week.

But senior Indonesian ministers have publicly said the pact is on hold until Australia clarifies whether it will shift its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, with the potential move angering the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Senator Birmingham maintains the matters are not related and said issues with the Indonesian version of the deal have been part of the delay.

"There were some translation issues still being dealt with last week, in terms of the Bahasa version of the text," he told ABC TV on Sunday.

"We will get all of those finalised and then when it suits both countries, we'll get on and get it signed because it is clearly an agreement that is of benefit to both countries."

After meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Wednesday, Mr Morrison has indicated a review of the embassy site will be done before Christmas.

He announced the potential shift in the week in October before a by-election in Wentworth, where more than 12 per cent of voters are Jewish.

Australian Associated Press

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