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Indonesia's foreign minister has contacted Australian officials to explain an interpreter's mistake made during a press conference by the two nations' leaders.

The error was made when Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono talked about Australian travel warnings after meeting with Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Jakarta today.

According to the interpreter, Dr Yudhoyono said he looked forward to Australia lifting its travel alert for Indonesia, prompting a pointed response from Mr Rudd.

A spokesman for Dr Yudhoyono later told Australian journalists the president had not said that.

He said the president was not asking Mr Rudd to lift the advisory and that it was a matter for the Australian government.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda contacted Australian ambassador Bill Farmer to clarify the matter.

The US recently dropped its travel warnings for Indonesia but Australia still warns its citizens against travelling there because of the threat of imminent terrorist attacks.

After hearing the interpreter's initial version of Dr Yudhoyono's remarks, Mr Rudd made it clear the warning would not change.
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