Indonesia may offer island to process refugees to Australia

November 22, 2015 23:03

JAKARTA- Indonesia is considering offering a small island to process refugees captured en route to Australia, its security ministry said on Friday, in what would make it the third country this year to offer help with Australia's tough immigration policy.

The government had "formed small teams to discuss this matter," a spokesman for Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs told Reuters, referring to a media report quoting security chief Luhut Pandjaitan.

"We can discuss the possibility of allocating an island. But Australia is required to finance it entirely," Pandjaitan was quoted saying in The Jakarta Post.

The matter will be finalized when the Indonesian and Australian leaders meet on Dec. 22, the spokesman said, adding that the meeting would also cover terrorism and trade, among other issues.

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