Indonesia, US hope to maintain defense cooperation

USS Nimitz (file photo) © Flickr/US Navy / Seaman Aiyana S. Paschal. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

JAKARTA, Nov 12, 2019, ANTARA. Governments of Indonesia and the United States sought cooperation and good relations, especially in the defense sector, based on the spirit of kinship and mutual respect. Such intentions were apparent in the meeting between Indonesian Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto and Ambassador of the United States to Indonesia, Joseph R Donovan Jr, according to a statement released by the Ministry’s Public Relations offices received here, Tuesday, ANTARA reported.

The ambassador had made an honorary visit to the Defense Ministry and was accompanied by Deputy Chief of Mission Heather C Variava, Defense Attache Colonel Mike Spake, and Political Officer Steve Weston.

“The visit provided an opportunity for both parties to have discussions around efforts to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation,” said Head of the Ministry’s Secretariat General Public Relations office, Brigadier General Totok Sugiharto.

Prabowo informed the ambassador and his team about several programs that have been prioritized by the Ministry of Defense, Sugiharto said.

Additionally, aside from receiving the visit of Ambassador Donovan, Prabowo separately received an honorary visit from Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to Indonesia, Esam A Abid.

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