Australia and Indonesia have signed a new defence co-operation arrangement to strengthen military ties and deepen bilateral engagement "in future decades”, the Department of Defence (DoD) in Canberra announced in a 1 February statement.
“This updated arrangement demonstrates our commitment to enhancing defence co-operation on shared security challenges into the future,” Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne was quoted by the DoD as saying after signing the agreement with her Indonesian counterpart, Ryamizard Ryacudu, on the sidelines of the inaugural Sub-Regional Defence Ministers’ Meeting on Counter-Terrorism in Perth.
The move follows the signing of a similar arrangement between the two countries in 2012.
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