RI, S’pore hope to mend military ties with new cooperation

Nani Afrida

Indonesia and Singapore are working to improve defense relations after last year’s spat over the naming of a Usman Harun Navy corvette.

A joint press announcement from Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen and Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu revealed the two nations would engage in joint exercises, joint patrols and regular dialogue.

“Both ministers are on the same page, that it is very important to maintain cooperation and friendship between Singapore and Indonesia,” Indonesian Defense Ministry spokesman Brig. Gen. Djundan Eko Bintoro told The Jakarta Post in Jakarta on Wednesday.

Ryamizard visited his Singaporean counterpart on Jan. 28, as well as several strategic companies. During the trip, the respective defense ministers discussed strategies for strengthening defense cooperation.

Djundan said both countries would work together to curb terrorism and piracy and to enhance disaster management.

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Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com

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