Indonesia, Brazil sign MoU on defense cooperation

The MoU is initiated based on the principles of equality, trust, and mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and not based on interference in each others` internal affairs.
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu and his Brazilian counterpart, Raul Belens Jungmann Pinto, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to strengthen defense cooperation.

Ryacudu signed the document in Jakarta on Thursday in the presence of the Brazilian ambassador to Indonesia Rubem Antonio Correa Barbosa as a representative of the Brazilian government. The document of cooperation agreement would later be transferred to Brazil to be signed by Pinto.

The MoU is initiated based on the principles of equality, trust, and mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity and not based on interference in each others internal affairs.

Defense cooperation between the two countries must contribute to protecting and maintaining the stability of international peace and security.

Ryacudu hopes for improvement in the cooperation of defense, military activities, as well as defense industry through the MoU.

The MoU covers agreements on exchange visits of high-level officials who are responsible for policy making, including military and civil authorities of the respective defense ministries of both countries; meetings between defense and military institutions; and improvement of human resource development in the defense institutions of both countries through education and training.

Moreover, it also includes the exchange of knowledge and experience gained in operations, military intelligence, and international peacekeeping operations; exchange of scientific and technological experience in various areas related to defense cooperation; and other significant initiatives which facilitate both countries common interests and mutual benefit.

Enhancing cooperation particularly in the fields of defense equipments and services industry, logistic supports, transfer of technology, as well as joint research and production are considerably important to also be strengthened.(*)

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