474 Cablegram to Jakarta

Canberra, 30 June 1976

0.CH375152 CONFIDENTIAL IMMEDIATE

Message to the President from Prime Minister

The following is the text of the message referred to in our immediately preceding telegram:1

Begins

Your Excellency,
I have asked my Ambassador, Mr Woolcott, to see you personally to give you background information about my talks with the Chinese leaders. I have in mind that he particularly discuss with you press reports which could give a misleading impression of the substance of our discussions.

I am particularly upset about press reports which imply that comments had been made reflecting on Indonesia and your own distinguished leadership. You should know that during my discussions I was very conscious of the need to keep Indonesian interests in mind, and the Ambassador will be able to make this clear to you. I want you to know that I hold the relationship between Indonesia and Australia in the first importance and I attach great significance to the development of a close relationship between us personally.

With this in mind I feel it important to have a personal meeting with you as we had agreed in our previous exchanges.2 I should like to visit Indonesia at a time that is convenient to you, but the dates I have tentatively set aside are 10 to 12 October. I would be grateful if you could confirm whether these dates would be convenient to you, or any alternative dates you may have in mind around this period.

Malcolm Fraser

Ends

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