Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto met Australian Defense Minister, HE. Peter Dutton MP, and Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Netgenz - Politik Regional | Australia opens opportunities for TNI cadets to take military lessons in the kangaroo country. This opportunity is the first Indonesian-Australian military teaching cooperation. This military teaching collaboration was confirmed in the face-to-face 2+2 annual meeting between Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and the Australian Defense Minister, HE. Peter Dutton MP, and Australian Minister of Foreign Affairs, HE Marise Payne, at the Pancasila Building, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta on Thursday (9/9).
The Australian faction said it had opened a training ground for Indonesian military units to conduct joint exercises. They will open opportunities for TNI cadets to take lessons at the Australian Armed Forces College and The Royal Military College, Duntroon, Australia, which will be the first time in the history of defense cooperation between Indonesia and Australia.
Prabowo himself underlined the strong defense cooperation between Indonesia and Australia which has been tied for a long time. Before holding a 2+2 face-to-face meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prabowo and Dutton held a discussion at the Ministry of Defense, Jakarta. At this 2+2 face-to-face meeting, the 2 Ministers of Defense signed the completion of the Defense Cooperation Arrangement (DCA), which is called an important document to become an umbrella for in-depth defense cooperation in the future period.
"We have agreed to work hard to improve this DCA so that it becomes a stronger agreement for defense cooperation between the two countries in the context of vital cooperation," Prabowo said. He expressed his gratitude for the contribution given by the Australian Department of Defense, in the form of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to provide support for the Covid-19 mitigation program within the Ministry of Defense and the TNI in August 2020 and April 8, 2021. In addition, the neighboring country gave him a quick response to help trace KRI Nanggala-402.
The meeting also reviewed Australia's support for peacekeeping forces, the country donated around 15 Armored Personnel Carriers and discussed the opportunities for its provision in the future. Various reviews that give color to the face-to-face are like joint reconditioning cooperation in the matter of the Covid-19 outbreak, economic improvement, the security sector, and counter-terrorism defense, counter disinformation and cyber cooperation, and cooperation in the territory (dynamics in the Indo-Pacific Territory and security). maritime affairs, or regional rumors of Myanmar and Afghanistan).
This 2+2 face-to-face resulted in 3 MoUs that were signed including, the MoU on countering Terrorism and Violence Extremism, the MoU in Cyber Cooperation and Emerging Cyber Technology, and the Arrangement on Defense Cooperation. Indonesia sees cooperation in strengthening territorial architecture to ensure the increasing stability of the Indo-Pacific territory is important to be able to provide support for smooth development and drive economic progress and be able to make the territory a comfortable, constant, and prosperous ecosystem.
The idea of Indo-Pacific cooperation based on a free and active foreign policy is in line with the mission of realizing Indonesia as the World Maritime Pole which is the direction of national defense development. Also, read Jokowi Installments Budget IDR 12 Triliun Natuna Security in 5 Years.