... will certainly open a wider opportunity for further development in the future... "
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia's army special forces (Kopassus) and Japan's self-defense forces army will continue to develop their cooperation to later even cover natural disaster mitigation.

Kopassus deputy general commander Brigadier General Jaswandi received Japan's self-defense forces' chief of staff General Eiji Kimizuka and delegation at the Kopassus Headquarters in Cijantung, East Jakarta, on Monday.

The visit was marked by a welcome ceremony, a photo session and a courtesy call meeting at the office of the Kopassus general commander Major General Agus Sutomo.

They would then be followed by a meeting at the Kopassus meeting room started with speeches from the Kopassus general commander and Japan's self-defense's army chief of staff, an expose by operations assistant to the Kopassus general commander, Lt Col Rifky and concluded by a film show of Kopassus profile.

Sutomo said in his speech read out by Jaswandi that relations and cooperation between the Indonesian and Japanese armies have grown well and lasted for a long time.

"This will certainly open a wider opportunity for further development in the future," he said.

He said the visit of the chief of staff of the Japanese army this time was very important to increase cooperation between Indonesia and Japan especially between Kopassus and the Japanese army based on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefits.

He expressed hope the visit would continue in the future to develop deeper understanding between the two sides to support bilateral cooperation between the two countries especially in the field of natural disaster mitigation.

General Eiji Kimizuka on the occasion meanwhile expressed hope that cooperation in the field of natural disaster mitigation could immediately be implemented.


Editor: Ade P Marboen
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