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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, Australia sign defense deals

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 3 2012   /  08:20 am

Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro and his Australian counterpart Stephen Smith signed deals on defense cooperation in Darwin, Australia, on Monday, including a grant of four refurbished heavy transport aircraft from the Australian government.

Purnomo was part of the delegation led by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that left Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in Jakarta for the Australian city on Monday.

The main item on the agenda for Yudhoyono’s state visit is the second Indonesia-Australia Annual Leaders’ Meeting, where he hold bilateral talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Tuesday.

“With Gillard, we have a priority agenda that we will focus on, particularly on the economy, which includes cooperation in the cattle farming sector and infrastructure development,” Yudhoyono told reporters at a press conference before leaving for Austra...