DEFENCE COOPERATION WITH INDONESIA
India and Indonesia have robust cooperation in the area of defence and security. In May 2018, during the visit of the Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendara Modi, a new defence Cooperation Agreement was signed to reflect the elevation of relationship between the two countries to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.
Activities relating to cooperation in the area of Defence and Security are regularly monitored and new areas discussed during the Biennial Defence Ministers Dialogue, the annual Joint Defence Cooperation Meetings and the service level Staff Talks.
In 2018 the Defence Ministers of the two countries have met two times at a bilateral level and also meet at multilateral forums such as the ADMM+. Most recently, the Hon’ble Defence Minister of India, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, visited Indonesia from 21-24 Oct 2018 and in addition to the meeting with her counterpart, Gen (Retd) Ryamizard Raycudu, Defence Minister of Republic of Indonesia, had meeting with Gen (Retd) Luhut Panjaitan, Coordianting Minister for Maritime, Gen (Retd) Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs.
Presently the cooperation between the two countries is deep and robust covering a wide range of areas. There are regular engagements at the operational level between the three services, and discussions on matters of mutual interest relating to regional security and information sharing. Engagements in capacity building through training and cooperation in the area of defence industry are also pursued based on mutual interest.
Most recently the Armed Forces of the two countries worked closely to provide relief at Palu after the earthquake and tsunami. In addition to relief material delivered by Indian Naval Ships, and C-17 aircraft of the Indian Air Force, a medical team from the Indian Army provided support to the medical team of the Indonesian Armed Forces in providing medical assistance on site at Palu over a period of two weeks.