Indonesia and Australia to review cooperation in the field of defense 0911131

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Saturday, November 9, 2013 07:58 AM
 
Indonesia and Australia to review cooperation in the field of defense.
Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro met with his new Australian counterpart David Johnston here on Friday, November 8, 2013, reviewing cooperation in field of defense that has been built by the two neighboring countries.
     
Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro met with his new Australian counterpart David Johnston here on Friday, November 8, 2013, reviewing cooperation in field of defense that has been built by the two neighboring countries.
Indonesian Minister of Defense Mr Purnomo Yusgiantoro
     

Punomo said that that the meeting with Johnston was filled with discussions to review defense cooperation in multilateral, trilateral and bilateral frames.

"In Multilateral frame we discussed cooperation wrapped in ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) Plus joined by ten ASEAN countries and 8 from non-ASEAN countries," Purnomo told a press conference held on the side line of the meeting in his office here with absence of his Australian counterpart.

He added that the two ministers discussed trilateral cooperation frames that involve Indonesia, Australia, Timor Leste and Indonesia, Australia and India, they also discussed plans on Indian Ocean joint management cooperation.

"Management on Indian Ocean was very important as the water territory was still 'virgin', relatively free from disputes like the ones occurred in South and East China Seas," the minister said. He added that in bilateral respect, the two ministers discussed on the existing cooperation that has been built.

Purnono said that Johnston was Australia's new defense ministry in the current cabinet and his immediate visit to Indonesia showed the importance of Indonesia related to Australian's foreign policies.

 

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