03/04/2024 08:57 PM

By Mohd Iswandi Kasan Anuar

JAKARTA, April 3 (Bernama) -- Indonesian Defence Minister, Prabowo Subianto, expressed his commitment on Wednesday to enhance cooperation, particularly in defence, between Indonesia and Japan.

During a courtesy visit to Japan’s Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, in Tokyo on Wednesday, the president-elect underscored the existing strong ties between the two nations, according to a statement from the Indonesian Defence Ministry.

Prabowo expressed his hope for "the Japanese government to join efforts in strengthening future relations and advancing collaboration in defence."

In response, Kishida expressed his aspiration to deepen bilateral collaboration with Indonesia, aiming to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

"This visit is truly heartening. Japan and Indonesia share a longstanding friendship. I look forward to further enhancing cooperation as partners with shared values and principles," said Kishida, according to the statement.

The Embassy of Japan in Indonesia, in a separate statement stated, the meeting, lasting around 35 minutes, took place at Kishida’s office at 9.15 am local time.

The prime minister expressed support for Indonesia’s accession efforts to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

Kishida also showed keenness to enhance security cooperation, extending beyond the provision of large patrol vessels agreed upon in December last year.

Prabowo’s visit to Tokyo followed his inaugural overseas trip to Beijing after being declared president-elect on March 20, upon the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping.




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