Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, met with the Indonesian Minister of Defence General (Rtd) Ryamizard Ryacudu and Panglima TNI, Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Minister Payne said the discussions reaffirmed Indonesia and Australia’s strong defence relationship and shared commitment to working together on common security interests, such as maritime security and counter terrorism in the region.
“These meetings offer an opportunity to discuss the many defence engagements Australia and Indonesia have taken part in this year and to consider how to expand and deepen the relationship, given our shared security challenges,” Minister Payne said.
“As the terrible events in Sumatra and Surabaya remind us, our continued cooperation on countering terrorism in the region is increasingly important.
“Australia and Indonesia will continue to work together by increasing bilateral and regional information sharing, including the sharing of lessons learned by our defence forces on recent operations,” Minister Payne said.
Minister Payne addressed students at Lemhannas, Indonesia’s leading whole of Government education institution.
“The Australian Defence College and Lemhannas share a close relationship, which contributes to the professional development of both our defence forces,” Minister Payne said.
“I was very pleased to have the opportunity to address students at Lemhannas, who are Indonesia’s future government, security and defence leaders.”