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Media Release

PRIME MINISTER PAYS COURTESY CALL TO COMMANDER OF INDONESIAN ARMED FORCES, ADMIRAL AGUS SUHARTANO

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Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama paid a courtesy call to Admiral Agus Suhartano, Commander of the Indonesia Armed Forces, on the morning of 07 April 2011.

Prime Ministter Bainimarama and Commander Suhartano discussed possible defence cooperation between Indonesia and Fiji. They agreed that that despite there being no formal defence cooperation between the two countries, exchanges in the past from port landings in 1979 by the Indonesian navy in Fiji, and a number of defence education programmes where Indonesian and Fijian army officers have trained together, have provided a useful basis for future cooperation.

They discussed and agreed that cooperation could be focused on education, through Fijian officers participating in Indonesian military academies. In addition, Prime Minister Bainimarama suggested to Commander that Fiji could be used as a training site for the Indonesian armed forces, and that he would welcome this if thought useful.

Finally, Prime Minister Bainimarama invited Commander Suhartano to visit Fiji when convenient to further enhance cooperation between the armed forces of the two countries.

Prime Minister Bainimarama was accompanied to this meeting by Ambassador-Designate H.E. Seremaia T. Cavuilati, Chargé d’affaires Pauliasi Tokasaya and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation official Ms. Namita Khatri.