Wiranto, left, met with Ajit Doval on Tuesday (09/01). (Photo courtesy of the Coordinating Ministry for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs)
Indonesia, India Agree to Strengthen Security Cooperation
BY : SHEANY
JANUARY 10, 2018
Jakarta. Indonesia and India held their first security dialogue in New Delhi on Tuesday (09/01) to step up bilateral cooperation to tackle increasing threats of terrorism and radicalism.
"The meeting was very constructive, with concrete steps that both countries will pursue in countering terrorism, maritime security, cyber security and defense cooperation," Chief Security Minister Wiranto said, as quoted in a statement on Wednesday.
Tuesday's meeting, led by Wiranto and India's national security adviser, Ajit Doval, was a follow-up to a number of cooperation projects President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to work on during their bilateral meeting in December 2016.
The next bilateral security dialogue will be held in Indonesia.
According to Wiranto, the dialogue is part of an effort to strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership in legal and security affairs. With his counterpart he reportedly also discussed possibilities of facilitating an exchange of Muslim scholars, researchers and students.
Last week, India's foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, visited Jakarta to attend the fifth Indonesia-India joint commission meeting with her Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi.
During the meeting, the two countries agreed to increase cooperation in defense, security, economic and maritime affairs.