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India and Indonesia Strengthen Defence Ties: 7th Joint Defence Cooperation Committee Meeting Held in New Delhi

Defence Secretary Shri Giridhar Aramane and Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence, Indonesia, Air Marshal Donny Ermawan Taufanto, M.D.S., co-chaired the 7th India-Indonesia Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting held in New Delhi today.

During the meeting, both sides expressed satisfaction at the growing scope of defence cooperation between the two countries. The co-chairs reviewed the progress made on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives deliberated in meetings of Working Groups on Defence Cooperation and Defence Industries Cooperation.

Highlighting their commitment to deepening collaboration, the dignitaries identified means to enhance existing areas of cooperation, especially in defence industry ties, maritime security, and multilateral cooperation.

As part of his visit, the Secretary General toured key defence facilities in India, including the DRDO headquarters in New Delhi, as well as TATA Advanced Systems and L&T Defence facilities in Pune. He also engaged in discussions with Indian defence industry partners such as Bharat Forge, Mahindra Defence, and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, exploring avenues for enhancing defence industrial capabilities through research cooperation and joint production. Additionally, he called on the Chief of Defence Staff General Anil Chauhan during his visit.

The Secretary General’s visit to India, scheduled from May 2nd to May 4th, 2024, included a solemn ceremony at the National War Memorial in New Delhi, where he laid a wreath and paid homage to the fallen heroes.

India and Indonesia share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and have a shared vision of the Indo-Pacific region. This partnership underscores close cooperation in bilateral and multilateral arenas, with frequent high-level interactions. Indonesia remains a crucial partner in India’s Act East Policy and regional stability efforts in the Indo-Pacific region.

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