Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The commander-in-chief of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI), Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto, has said that the TNI is currently enhancing its military diplomacy in order to support foreign diplomacy and strengthen Indonesia`s position in the international arena.

"Strong military diplomacy is needed to support foreign diplomacy to strengthen Indonesia`s position in the international world," Tjahjanto remarked, while leading the welcome ceremony to the TNI Maritime Task Force (MTF) who joined the XXVIII-J UNIFIL Garuda Contingent at Tanjung Priok here on Monday.

He stated that Indonesia is currently trusted as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

"This position requires us to play a more active role in every action that aims to create world peace," Tjahjanto noted, adding that the global spectrum is also getting more and more complex.

This condition requires all nations to establish bilateral and multilateral cooperation as no country can deal with the threat alone.

"Some aspects which should be asserted in international cooperation are the development of capabilities, the establishment of interoperability, and trust among countries," he added.

Therefore, all the lessons which have been studied, as well as the shortcomings and achievement during the implementation of the operations that have been carried out should be recorded and become input for the TNI Peace Maintenance Mission (PMPP) Center.

"What you observe from the implementation of the duties of other UN units can also be a constructive input for the next Garuda Contingent," the TNI Commander remarked, asserting that the tasks which are carried out under the UN flag are proud duties.

"These tasks not only promote the name of the country and provide individual experience but also provide insights for the soldiers to enhance their professionalism and support the success of the next mission," he explained.

The Maritime Task Force, which served in Lebanon for one year, consisted of 100 soldiers, 94 crew ship members, one intelligence officer, one psychology officer, one military doctor, one information officer, one special force member, and one diver on the Usman Harun-359 ship.

During its duties as the UN Peace Forces Ship, Harun assisted the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) Navy to prevent the entry of illegal weapons to Lebanon by sea.

The ship also supported trainings on maritime security operations for the LAF Navy personnel in their territorial sea area.

Reporting by Syaiful Hakim
Editing by Libertina, Rahmad Nasution

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