Indonesia, Germany sign maritime cooperation agreement

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Germany signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on maritime cooperation in Berlin on Wednesday.

The document was signed by Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Deputy Prime Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel, who is concurrently foreign minister, according to a press statement of the ministry on Friday.

The agreement is an implementation of a joint declaration on comprehensive cooperation between Indonesia and Germany, which was issued in Jakarta on July 12, 2012.

The MoU will cover strategic cooperation in maritime, sea security and safety, maritime infrastructure investment, ship building investment, research and technology, as well as training.

During the visit in Berlin, Pandjaitan was accompanied by his deputy in charge of maritime sovereignty coordination Arif Havas Oegroseno; deputy in charge of human resources, science and technology, and maritime culture Safri Burhanuddin; and Indonesian Ambassador to Germany Fauzi Bowo.

Pandjaitan and Gabriel discussed matters related to regional geopolitics, sea security, counterterrorism, and strategic cooperation between the two countries.

To follow up on the agreement, Gabriel and German Digital Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Alenander Dobrint are expected to visit Indonesia.

"The German deputy prime minister will visit Indonesia after elections are held in Germany in late September or October, while for intensifying cooperation in maritime connectivity, the German transportation minister will visit in July," Oegroseno revealed.(*)