Selangor Journal
(from left to right) Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles delivers his speech during a press briefing with Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto in Jakarta, Indonesia, on February 23, 2024. — Picture by REUTERS via ANTARA FOTO

Indonesia, Australia to sign defence pact within months, Australia says

JAKARTA, Feb 24 — Indonesia and Australia hope to sign a “very significant” defence cooperation agreement within the next few months, Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles said yesterday after meeting his counterpart in Jakarta.

“Australia and Indonesia have a shared destiny, a shared collective security, and that is the basis on which we are moving forward,” Marles said after meeting Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto.

In a joint statement, Prabowo, Indonesia’s likely next president following the February 14 election, hailed the good relationship and said the two countries were destined to be good neighbours.

Neither minister provided details about the agreement but Prabowo said he expected it would be signed within two or three months.

— Reuters


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