DEFENCE COOPERATION WITH INDONESIA
India and Indonesia have robust cooperation in the area of defence and security. In May 2018 during the visit of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendara Modi, a new Defence Cooperation Agreement was signed to reflect the elevation of relationship between the two countries to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Activities relating to cooperation in the area of Defence and Security are regularly monitored and new areas discussed during the Biennial Defence Ministers Dialogue, the annual Joint Defence Cooperation Meetings and the service level Staff Talks.
In 2018 the Defence Ministers of the two countries have met two times at a bilateral level and also meet at multilateral forums such as the ADMM+. Most recently, the Hon’ble Defence Minister of India, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, visited Indonesia from 21-24 Oct 2018 and in addition to the meeting with her counterpart, Gen (Retd) Ryamizard Raycudu, Defence Minister of Republic of Indonesia, had meeting with Gen (Retd) Luhit Panjaitan, Coordianting Minister for Maritime, Gen (Retd) Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs.
The Indian Armed Forces were instrumental in delivering relief material following the earthquake and tsunami at Palu and providing support to the Indonesian Armed Forces in assisting the victims.
Indian defence industry also participated in the Indonesian Defence Expo held in November 2018; opportunities for cooperation in areas of mutual interest are being explored.
Presently the cooperation between the two countries is deep and robust covering a wide range of areas. There are regular engagements at the operational level between the three services, and discussions on matters of mutual interest relating to regional security. Engagements in capacity building through training and cooperation in the area of defence industry are also progressed based on mutual interest.