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Indonesia, Germany agree to strengthen defence ties

JAKARTA, INDONESIA (AP) – Germany and Indonesia agreed on Monday to strengthen their defence cooperation and plan a joint military exercise with other countries in the region.

German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius discussed the growing ties in a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, Prabowo Subianto, in Jakarta.

“We talked about the possibility of having a deal about some submarines. We were talking about the two minesweepers which are already on the way to Indonesia,” Pistorius said.

Germany and Indonesia are also planning a joint military exercise with other regional partners, but no details have been disclosed.

Both ministers attended the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Asia’s annual defence and security forum.

Pistorius on Sunday said Germany is committed to contributing to peace and security in the region.

“And we are ready to strengthen our engagement in the years to come,” Pistorius said.

Subianto said at the forum on Saturday that the security situation in the Indo-Pacific, especially in East Asia, is dominated by tensions.

“History teaches us when a rising great power meets a preeminent global power, tensions do arise and the historical record shows many of these conflicts result in open conflict, kinetic conflict. However, this rivalry, some have suggested, has turned into a new Cold War. It is being called the Second Cold War,” Subianto said.

Germany’s Defence Minister Boris Pistorius and Indonesia’s Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto review a honour guard. PHOTOS: AFP & AP
Boris Pistorius lays a wreath

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