New Indonesian envoy arrives in Canberra

Indonesia's new ambassador to Australia Kristiarto Legowo has arrived in Canberra to take up his new posting.

Indonesia's new ambassador to Australia is hopeful relations between the two neighbouring countries are on a smoother path.

Ambassador-designate Kristiarto Legowo and his wife Caecilia arrived in Canberra on Saturday to take up the posting.

Mr Legowo replaces Najib Riphat Kesoema whose five year term ended earlier this year.

Mr Kesoema's time in Australia coincided with some flare ups in the bilateral relationship.

He was was recalled to Jakarta for six months in 2013 following revelations Australian spies had tapped the phone of then-president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and inner circle.

Other flash points included the the execution of two Australian drug smugglers, the fallout from a ban on live cattle exports, breaches of Indonesian maritime territory by Australian navy ships and asylum-seeker boat turn backs.

Mr Legowo previously served at Indonesia's Embassy in Canberra as a deputy chief of mission more than a decade ago.

He is expected to present his credentials to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove later this month.

Source AAP

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