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Bolstering Ties With India a ‘Priority’: Indonesia’s Incoming President

© AP Photo / Achmad IbrahimIndonesian Defense Minister and president-elect Prabowo Subianto, left, talks to journalist as his running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of Indonesian President JokoWidodo, listens after their formal declaration as president and vice president-elect at the General Election Commission building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 24, 2024.
Indonesian Defense Minister and president-elect Prabowo Subianto, left, talks to journalist as his running mate Gibran Rakabuming Raka, the eldest son of Indonesian President JokoWidodo, listens after their formal declaration as president and vice president-elect at the General Election Commission building in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 24, 2024. - Sputnik India, 1920, 09.05.2024
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New Delhi and Jakarta are eyeing increased defence collaboration opportunities under Indonesia's incoming President Prabowo Subianto, who will be taking over the reins from incumbent leader Joko Widodo.
Indonesia’s President-elect and incumbent Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto met Indian Ambassador in Jakarta Sandeep Chakravorty in the Indonesian capital on Wednesday, according to a statement by the Indonesian Defence Ministry.
“Minister of Defense Prabowo also revealed that maintaining the harmony of bilateral relations and cooperation between Indonesia and India is a priority, and hopes to have further discussions to discuss efforts to strengthen mutually beneficial bilateral relations between the two countries,” a readout of the meeting said.
The incoming President also said that he was encouraged by the “constructive discussions” and “prospects for future collaboration” between the two countries during the 7th India-Indonesia Joint Defence Cooperation Committee meeting in New Delhi last week.
"It is through collaborative efforts like this that we can continue to strengthen friendship and achieve mutual prosperity", Prabowo said.
Prabowo also backed the prospect of growing defence cooperation between the two countries, amid reports that the new leader has expressed interest in purchasing the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from India once he is sworn-in as the new President in October.
At the bilateral defence meeting in New Delhi, both the countries identified means to bolster ties in the realm of defence industry ties, maritime security and multilateral cooperation, according to an Indian statement.
The high-level meeting was co-chaired by Indian Defence Secretary Giridhar Aramane and Air Marshal Donny Ermawan Taufanto, the Secretary General of Indonesia's Ministry of Defence.
At the sidelines of the India-Indonesia meeting, BrahMos Aerospace's Chief Executive Officer Atul Dinakar Rane called on Taufanto to discuss "future defence collaboration" between the two countries.
A vehicle mounted Brahmos missiles is displayed at the Republic Day parade rehearsal in the backdrop of the India Gate war memorial in New Delhi, India, Friday, Jan. 23, 2009. - Sputnik India, 1920, 10.11.2023
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