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Jakarta Post

Indonesia offers weapons, planes to Laos

  • Anton Hermansyah
    Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Bogor, West Java   /   Thu, October 12, 2017   /   06:18 pm
Indonesia offers weapons, planes to Laos Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith (left) and President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo hold a press conference after their bilateral meeting at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Thursday. (JP/Anton Hermansyah)

During a press conference with Laotian Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has stressed that Indonesia was ready to supply Laos with airplanes and weapons produced by two state-owned enterprises.

"The Indonesian strategic industry is ready to supply high-quality products, such as airplanes and defense equipment, needed by Laos," Jokowi said during the joint press conference at the Bogor Palace in West Java on Thursday.

On the same day, Jokowi and Sisoulith had held a meeting to discuss efforts to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two ASEAN member countries and witnessed the signing of three memorandums of understanding between the two countries on education and drug control.

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Indonesia’s state-owned weapons maker PT Pindad (Persero) produces various munitions, guns, tanks and armored vehicles, while state-owned aircraft manufacturer PT Dirgantara Indonesia (PTDI) produces helicopters and aircraft both for military and commercial purposes. There was no immediate response from Prime Minister Sisoulth to Jokowi’s offer. (bbn)