India and Indonesia agree to enhance bilateral defence ties
The Defence Ministers’ Dialogue between India and the Republic of Indonesia was held in New Delhi on Monday.
India and the Republic of Indonesia have agreed to enhance bilateral defence cooperation ties in mutually agreed areas during the two Defence Ministers’ Dialogue held in New Delhi on Monday.
The Indian delegation was headed by Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh while the Indonesian delegation was led by its Defence Minister General Prabowo Subianto, who is on a visit to India for strengthening the ties between the two maritime neighbours.
Rajnath 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, the Union Defence Ministry said in a release.
Conveying satisfaction on the military to military interactions, Rajnath Singh indicated that the defence cooperation between India and Indonesia has witnessed an upswing in recent years, which is in consonance with the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between the two sides.
Potential areas of cooperation in the field of defence industries and defence technology were also identified by the two countries. Both the ministers committed to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in these areas, and widen the scope of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
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 a ceremonial Guard of Honour on the lawns of South Block when he arrived for the Dialogue. He was personally received by Raksha Mantri Rajnath 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, the Union Defence ministry, in a PIB release, added.