Indonesia must have adequate defense capabilities: Minister

Indonesia must have adequate defense capabilities: Minister

Prabowo Subianto at a hearing meeting with the House of Representatives' Commission I at the Parliament Comple in Jakarta on Monday (11/11/2019). ANTARA FOTO/Aditya Pradana Putra/ama/ak

Jakarta (ANTARA) - Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto affirmed that Indonesia should possess sufficient defense capabilities based on its huge territory and profuse natural resources.

"We want adequate defense capabilities. I always say that Indonesia has a vast territory and abundant natural resources," Subianto stated at the Parliament Complex in Jakarta on Monday.

The statement was delivered before attending the hearing meeting with the House of Representatives' Commission I at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta.

He affirmed that Indonesia has always pursued peaceful conditions and in no way wanted to disturb other parties.

However, Indonesia must possess a strong national defense to protect itself.

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"Yes, there are several shortcomings. Life is always full of deficiencies. Hence, now the problem is how we can find solutions to these deficiencies," the minister stated.

Furthermore, there is a pressing need to improve the welfare of Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel.

The nation's economy should be in a good condition in a bid to improve the welfare of TNI soldiers, Subianto remarked.

"TNI soldiers are part of the people, so we must pursue the welfare of soldiers and Indonesians," he added.

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