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Jakarta Post

Australia, Indonesia boost security, defense ties

  • Bagus BT Saragih

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 4 2013   /  10:05 am

Common ground: Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (left) and Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro (second left) greet their Australian counterparts Defense Minister Steven Smith (right) and Foreign Minister Bob Carr at Marty’s office in Jakarta on Wednesday. The two neighbors agreed to boost cooperation on security, illegal immigrants and terrorism. JP/Jerry AdigunaThe second annual “2+2” dialogue between the defense and foreign ministers of Australia and Indonesia on Wednesday reaffirmed the good, comprehensive and strategic cooperation, particularly in the defense and military sectors, between the two neighboring countries.

Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said the meeting managed to reflect the broad nature of Australian-Indonesia relations, which had seen so many ups and downs in the past years.

“It was a very constructive and useful discussion. We exchanged vie...