RI, Fiji strengthen defense cooperation
JAKARTA: Indonesia has bolstered bilateral defense cooperations with Fiji after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday by Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and his Fijian counterpart Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.
The two countries have agreed to, among others, exchange visits between defense and armed forces agencies, hold bilateral dialogues, participate in joint programs for capacity building, exchange military intelligence and engage in transfer of technology, as well joint research and development to promote the defense industry.
“I hope this agreement can increase and enhance our defense capacity and capability [...] I personally encourage the establishment of our defense attaché office in Fiji,” Ryamizard said on Friday.
Indonesia has always regarded Fiji as a country possessing a vital role in the Pacific, Ryamicard added, while praising Fiji’s consistent support of Indonesia’s sovereignty, particularly when the latter faced international pressure to establish independence for Papua and West Papua provinces.
Meanwhile, Kubuabola said the defense cooperation with Indonesia had given Fiji hope in terms of security in Pacific, adding that he looked forward for the placement of Indonesia’s defense attaché in Fiji.
“The relationship between Fiji and Indonesia is very important for us,” Kubuabola said. — JP