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RI proposes joint patrols with Australia

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Nusa Dua, Bali   /   Sat, October 29 2016   /  07:41 am

Following a meeting with Australia’s foreign and defense ministers, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu said Friday he had proposed that Indonesia and Australia conduct joint patrols in the eastern South China Sea in the near future to ensure safer waters.

“We have already suggested to Australia the possibility of conducting joint patrols in the eastern part of the South China Sea. We are sure that we will soon create a plan on how to realize it. They have more or less agreed,” he told reporters on Friday.

In a “working dinner” here late Thursday, Ryamizard had met with Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Defense Minister Marise Payne, neither of whom were available for comment.

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi had left Bali after briefly hosting the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) ministers’ meeting, following the death of her father, M...