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SOURCE: UNI

The 7th India-Indonesia Joint Defence Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting was held here on Friday, where both sides agreed to enhance collaboration in areas of defence industry, maritime security and multilateral cooperation. The JDCC was co-chaired by Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and Secretary General of the Ministry of Defence, Indonesia, Air Marshal Donny Ermawan Taufanto, MDS, a Defence Ministry statement said.

The progress made on various bilateral defence cooperation initiatives deliberated in meetings of Working Groups on Defence Cooperation and Defence Industries Cooperation was also reviewed by the co-chairs.

Besides, the dignitaries identified ways and means to enhance existing areas of collaboration especially in the field of defence industry ties, maritime security and multilateral cooperation. During the visit, the Secretary General, who is on a visit to India from May 2-4, also visited the DRDO headquarters here as well as TATA Advanced Systems and L&T Defence facilities in Pune.

He also held deliberations with other Indian defence industry partners like Bharat Forge, Mahindra Defence & Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited and discussed on enhancing defence industrial capabilities by cooperation in research and joint production.

He also called on the Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Anil Chauhan. India and Indonesia have a comprehensive strategic partnership and have arrived at a shared vision of the Indo-Pacific. In current times, this partnership is characterised by closed cooperation in bilateral and multilateral arena, including frequent high-level interactions. Indonesia is an important partner in India’s Act East Policy and the Indo-Pacific region.