Former prime minister John Howard says the terrorists responsible for the 2002 Bali bombings have failed to drive a wedge between Australia and Indonesia.
Bombs detonated at two nightclubs in the tourist area of Kuta in Bali on October 12, 2002, killed 202 people, including 88 Australians, and injured many others.
Mr Howard was prime minister when the attacks occurred.
'Those mindless terrorists responsible carried out an act of hatred against the way of life that we hold dear,' Mr Howard said at a 10th anniversary memorial in Darwin on Thursday.
'I'm sure that one of the things that they wanted to do was to push Australia and Indonesia further apart.
'One of the things we can do is say, if that was one of their goals, they failed completely.'
He said the co-operation that arose following the Bali attacks began a new period of intimacy between Australia and Indonesia.
Mr Howard was effusive in his praise for Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, who was security affairs minister at the time of the bombings.
Mr Yudhoyono became Indonesia's president in 2004 and his two terms as leader will end in 2014.
'He is a great friend of Australia. He was a great friend of mine. He is a man that I admire enormously,' Mr Howard said.
'He has done much with myself and my successors as prime ministers of Australia to bring our two countries together.'
The former prime minister said the post-attack response, particularly at the Royal Darwin Hospital, to the 'terrible tragedy was a triumph'.