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Jakarta Post

French defense chief to meet Purnomo for likely arms sales talks

  • Mustaqim Adamrah


JAKARTA   /   Wed, July 28 2010   /  10:49 am

French Defense Minister Hervé Morin is slated to meet his Indonesian counterpart Wednesday morning and may discuss arms or military equipment sales as Jakarta looks to upgrade the Indonesian Military (TNI).A press statement issued by the Indonesian Defense Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a bilateral meeting to be carried out between the two ministers the next day. The ministry's spokesman I Wayan Midhio said Monday that Morin's visit was "merely a courtesy call". Although he did not know what would be discussed during the bilateral meeting, he said Indonesia had made many orders of military equipment from France, including avionics (aviation electronics) and radars (for aircraft or vessels). The French Embassy in Jakarta said in a press statement Monday that Morin's visit would follow up a meeting between Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and French President Ni...