Australia and Indonesia sign ‘defence arrangement’

Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Indonesian Minister of Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu today signed the Australia-Indonesia Defence Cooperation Arrangement.

CAPTIONMinister for Defence Marise Payne and Indonesian Minister of Defence Ryamizard Ryacudu sign the Australia-Indonesia Defence Cooperation Arrangement. From Minister Payne’s Facebook page.

Minister Payne said the Australia-Indonesia Defence Cooperation Arrangement reaffirmed the strength of the two countries’ longstanding relationship and their intent to deepen engagement in future decades.

“This updated arrangement demonstrates our commitment to enhancing defence cooperation on shared security challenges into the future,” Minister Payne said.

“Our bilateral defence relationship is built on mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which is underpinned by the Lombok Treaty.

“Reaffirming  and strengthening our defence cooperation will enable us to continue to address our shared strategic interests and counter mutual security threats, including maritime security and terrorism.”

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The signing occurred in the margins of the inaugural Sub-Regional Defence Ministers’ Meeting on Counter-Terrorism in Perth.

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