Former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who cancelled a trip to Perth, explained his reasons on Facebook on Wednesday.
'The Australian people are very emotional and are having protests in a number of cities,' he
'The host and Indonesian
embassy indicated that while in Perth, there may be some disturbing things.'
said even without an invitation to help, he
had hoped to discuss with the federal government how to heal the rift while he
was in Australia, but the time was not right.
Despite always considering the relationship with Australia a special one during his tenure as president, Dr Yudhoyono elected not to grant clemency to Chan and Sukumaran.