New Delhi: India and Indonesia on Monday agreed to enhance the bilateral defence cooperation in mutually agreed areas. In Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and Indonesia here, both countries identified potential areas of cooperation in the field of defence industries and defence technology. Indian delegation was headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh while the Indonesian delegation was led by its Defence Minister General Prabowo Subianto, who is in India for strengthening the ties between the two maritime neighbours.
A Ministry of Defence statement said both the ministers committed themselves to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in these areas and take them to the next level of deliverables. It added that both sides committed to further strengthen and widen the scope of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
During the talks, Singh reiterated the long history of mutually beneficial interactions between the two countries with a tradition of close political dialogue, economic and trade linkages as well as cultural and people to people interactions. Conveying satisfaction on the military to military interactions, he pointed out that the defence cooperation between India and Indonesia had witnessed an upswing in the recent years, which was in consonance with the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two sides.
Chief of Defence Staff and Secretary Department of Military Affairs General Bipin Rawat, Chief of Army Staff General M M Naravane, Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Karambir Singh, Chief of Air Staff Air Chief Marshal R K S Bhadauria and Defence Secretary Dr Ajay Kumar and other senior civil and military officials also took part in the bilateral meeting.
General Subianto was given ceremonial Guard of Honour on the lawns of South Block when he arrived for the Dialogue. He was personally received by Singh at the venue. Earlier, General Subianto visited the National War Memorial and laid a wreath as a mark of respect to the fallen heroes.
– globalbihari bureau