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Indonesia and Australia announced on Thursday that they would set up a hotline as part of efforts to repair relations following media reports last month that Canberra had spied on top Indonesian officials. Indonesia has already suspended military and police cooperation over preventing asylum seekers from setting sail to Australia and there were concerns the diplomatic row could hit trade relations. "We have agreed to establish a special communications channel or a hotline to ensure we can resolve the issues, the implementation and so that we can avoid any unintended consequences," Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said on the subject of military and intelligence cooperation. Speaking to reporters in the Indonesian capital after talks with her counterpart Marty Natalegawa, Bishop added, "We are pleased that our cooperation will continue in economic, financial areas, education and trade and investment." But Natalegawa told reporters it was only the start.