Jakarta (ANTARA) - Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto discussed defense cooperation with President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan at Al Shati Palace, Abu Dhabi, on Monday.

"Relations between Indonesia and the UAE can continue to develop and grow in line with the two countries' ambitions in strengthening cooperation in various fields, including defense," Prabowo stated at the meeting, according to his ministry's official press release on Tuesday.

Cooperation in the defense sector can include joint training, officer exchange, and mutual learning about each country's defense equipment technology.

In addition to discussing cooperation in the field of defense, Prabowo and the president exchanged views on several regional and international issues that are a shared concern.

Prabowo, who is also Indonesia's president-elect, expressed optimism that the meeting on Monday would help to build sound bilateral relations between Indonesia and the UAE.

Moreover, the UAE president awarded Prabowo with the Order of Zayed, which is the UAE's highest civilian honor.

This award was given as a mark of appreciation for the sincere efforts made by Prabowo in strengthening cooperative relations between the UAE and Indonesia.

The president is also upbeat that strategic relations between the UAE and Indonesia would continue for the prosperity of both countries.

On that occasion, he again congratulated Prabowo and his running mate, Gibran Rakabuming Raka, on their victory in the 2024 Presidential Election held on February 14, 2024.

He hoped that Prabowo-Gibran's leadership would bring Indonesia to become a more advanced and prosperous nation.

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