Jakarta. Indonesia and Russia on Thursday (01/03) agreed to strengthen defense cooperation at a meeting led by Chief Security Minister Wiranto and secretary of Russia’s security council, Nikolai Patrushev, in Jakarta.
"Indonesia and Russia agreed to increase understanding of political, legal and security issues that are of common interest," the Coordinating Ministry for Political, Legal and Security Affairs said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Friday.
This week’s meeting marked Indonesia and Russia's fourth bilateral consultation, which saw both delegations discuss cooperation in law enforcement, technical aspects of the military, cybersecurity and efforts to address terrorism financing.
"There was an agreement to continue close cooperation between Indonesia-Russia financial intelligence units to reduce the risks of terrorism financing in both countries and to identify individuals, legal entities and groups having economic affiliations with terrorists, in order to suppress their criminal activities," a statement issued by Russia’s security council said.
The ministry said the meeting also saw both countries discussing how to strengthen cooperation in counterterrorism, and addressing the issue of returning foreign terrorist fighters.
Indonesia and Russia exchanged views on regional issues, including the situation in the South China Sea and around the Korean Peninsula.
As part of his visit to Jakarta, Patrushev also held a meeting with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo.