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Jakarta Post

TNI, National Police leaders to strengthen unity

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, December 12, 2017   /   10:49 am
TNI, National Police leaders to strengthen unity Brothers in arms: Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto (left) and National Police chief Gen.Tito Karnavian (right) gesture in a show of solidarity on Monday afternoon after their meeting at the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta. (JP/Andi Muhammad Ibnu Aqil)

National Police chief Gen.Tito Karnavian, accompanied by several high-ranking police officers visited newly inaugurated Indonesian Military (TNI) Commander Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto on Monday, in an apparent gesture of cooperation and support.

During their meeting at the TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, the two leaders stressed the importance of solidarity between their institutions in securing the nation.

“Let’s continue our good relationship,” said Hadi during a banquet held on Monday afternoon in the hall of Soedirman Building.

The new commander hoped the National Police chief’s visit was not merely ceremonial, and that they would meet again soon.

He expected that military-police solidarity could be established at all levels, not just among the upper echelons of the two institutions.

Congratulating the new TNI Commander on his inauguration, Tito said the National Police force was committed to supporting Hadi’s leadership in strengthening the professional capacity of the Armed Forces.  

Tito added that the military and the police were only two institutions that distanced themselves from the elections to maintain neutrality. As long as the two institutions were in unity, the nation's security could be assured, he said.

“For the police, the military is a key partner," Tito said.

He hoped for stronger cooperation between the TNI and the National Police in securing events in the near future, such as the 2018 regional elections and 2019 general elections, as well as in mutually supporting their institutional duties. (ami/ebf)