In­dia and In­done­sia to step up de­fence co­op­er­a­tion


In­dia and In­done­sia de­cided to sig­nif­i­cantly en­hance their de­fence co­op­er­a­tion with the De­fence Min­is­ter A.K. Antony declar­ing his meet­ing with his In­done­sian coun­ter­part Purnomo Yus­giantoro as a ‘turn­ing point’ and an ‘ex­cel­lent be­gin­ning’. This was the first Min­is­te­rial level bi­en­nial de­fence di­a­logue be­tween the two coun­tries. The two sides ex­changed views on a whole range of is­sues re­lat­ing to re­gional and global se­cu­rity, bi­lat­eral ex­er­cises in­volv­ing Ser­vices, train­ing, co-pro­duc­tion of de­fence equip­ment and am­mu­ni­tions and vis­its at high lev­els.

The de­fence di­a­logue mech­a­nism at the high­est level was agreed upon dur­ing the visit of In­done­sian Pres­i­dent SusiloBam­bangYud­hoy­ono to In­dia in Jan­uary last year.

Antony said the threat of ter­ror­ism per­pet­u­ated by State and non-State ac­tors af­fects all of us equally. Antony said some times, the acts of in­di­vid­ual ter­ror­ists and ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions are also ac­tively or oth­er­wise en­cour­aged by al­low­ing such or­gan­i­sa­tions safe refuge and other forms of sup­port. “It is seen that there are coun­tries from where ter­ror­ists are free to launch their op­er­a­tions against other coun­tries. This can­not be tol­er­ated. The world is paying a heavy price for such mind­less poli­cies. No coun­try should al­low its ter­ri­tory to be used for any form of ter­ror­ism, di­rected against any other coun­try or its peo­ple.”

Deal­ing at length the power ri­val­ries in the In­dian Ocean re­gion (IoR), Antony said although th­ese are be­ing con­ducted in lo­cal the­atres, the im­pact is felt in the wider re­gional arena and also glob­ally. He said, we have a stake in the main­te­nance of peace and sta­bil­ity in our im­me­di­ate and ex­tended neigh­bour­hood. This in­cludes the en­tire In­dian Ocean re­gion to our east and west. “We have a vi­tal stake in the evo­lu­tion of bal­ance se­cu­rity and co­op­er­a­tion mech­a­nisms through which we can build con­sen­sus and pur­sue di­a­logue. We seek to im­prove our part­ner­ship with all coun­tries in the In­dian Ocean Re­gion on bi­lat­eral ba­sis as well as through mul­ti­lat­eral for a like IONS, IOR-ARC etc,” he said.

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