INDONESIA looks forward to striking a defence cooperation with France following a bilateral meeting in Paris earlier this week.
Defence Minister Pranowo Subianto met his counterpart Florence Parly on Monday and discussed bilateral ties as well as ways on advancing the defence industry according to The Jakarta Post.
"As two strategic partners, Indonesia and France have good defence cooperation. Indonesia wants to continue to enhance defense cooperation, especially in areas that can improve the TNI's [the Indonesian Military] equipment and advance the Indonesian defense industry," Prabowo said in a statement issued by Indonesian Embassy in Paris.
Indonesian Ambassador to France Arrmanatha Nasir said there are opportunities to enhance cooperation because the two nations enjoyed good bilateral relations and each have it's own independent foreign policy.
Arrmanatha said the two ministers agreed to strengthen their defence cooperation into a Defence Cooperation Agreement, which is expected to be reached this year, and serve as a framework for future defence cooperation.
The agreement will cover cooperation in training and education, defence industry development, science and defence technology, intelligence cooperation and counterterrorism, he said.
The deal will also see collaborations in peacekeeping operations and humanitarian missions during disasters, he added.
In 2017, the two countries signed a letter of intent to increase defence cooperation including maritime security and maritime cooperation.
Since 2013, Indonesia and France have hosted an annual Indonesia-France Defence Dialogue (IFDD), where the two countries discuss training and education, as well as counterterrorism cooperation.
"As a country with an advanced defence industry, France can be a strategic partner in Indonesia's efforts to modernise its weaponry defence system and accelerate the development of our national defense industry.
"This will support efforts to make the national defense industry a part of the 'global production chain',” Arrmanatha said.
“In this context, our defence minister placed special attention on the development of the defence industry when discussing defence cooperation.”
In Paris, Prabowo also held meetings with companies that produce ammunition, fighter jets, vessels, radars and avionics systems.
The visit by Prabowo to France was the first high-level meeting this year, with the two countries celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations.