Indonesia ratifies defence agreements

02 October 2018

Indonesia has ratified defence co-operation agreements (DCAs) with Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in Jakarta announced on 2 October.

The DCAs – both intended to facilitate defence trade and related industrial collaboration – were previously agreed in principle but required presidential ratification to become law, said the MoD.

The MoD indicated that the DCAs will also enable Indonesia to engage with Saudi Arabia and the Netherlands in military research and development projects but did not elaborate. The agreements include activities such as military exchanges and military training and education programmes.

Indonesia has previously identified opportunities to supply Saudi Arabia with military aircraft.

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