March 27, 2008


Move to boost Indonesia defence ties: THE Rudd Government will move for even closer defence ties with Indonesia, says Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon. (The Australian, March 27, 2008)

Mr Fitzgibbon said a meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, Dr Juwono Sudarsono, for the first time in Canberra today provided a timely opportunity to advance defence engagement and cooperation.

It followed the recent ratification of the Australia-Indonesia Lombok Treaty on security co-operation.

"Australia and Indonesia have a confident and maturing defence relationship, based on a foundation of mutual respect and trust," Mr Fitzgibbon said in a statement.

"We would like to deepen and expand on matters affecting our common security interests such as terrorism, regional security and piracy."

Even the foreign policy establishment has begun to realize how important the ties W has developed with India are, but it'll take them years to realize Indonesia is part of the Axis of Good too.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 27, 2008 8:41 AM
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