Indonesia, Denmark to increase defense cooperation

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – Danish Ambassador to Indonesia Casper Klynge paid a courtesy call on Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu here on Thursday to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries, particularly in the defense field.

Klynge said the effort to enhance defense cooperation between the two countries is positive thing to develop strategic partnership.

One of the instruments to develop the strategic partnership is a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the Danish queen signed when she visited Indonesia last year, he said.

He noted that the two countries have the potentials to develop mutually beneficial cooperation in the defense field, including defense industry, peace-keeping mission, and cooperation between the two countries navies.

The ambassador, who visited the Peacekeepers Mission Force Center in Sentul, West Java, last week expressed his countrys keen interest in establishing cooperation with Indonesia in peace-keeping mission, including exchange of instructors.

He further positively welcomed the enhanced cooperation between the two navies as shown by the Danish naval chief of staffs wish to visit to Indonesia in May 2017 to meet his Indonesian counterpart.

“The (planned) visit is expected to increase cooperation between the two countries navies,” the Defense Ministry website quoted Casper as saying.

He said Denmark is ready to cooperate with Indonesia particularly in developing warships.

“Denmark is ready to cooperate with Indonesian shipyards, both PT PAL in Surabaya and other shipbuilding companies in Indonesia. We can fully transfer technology in such way that Indonesia can produce warships themselves with local technology in accordance with its needs, both military and commercial interests,” he said.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu lauded the enhanced cooperation between the two countries and hoped cooperation in the defense field could be continued and increased in the future.

Source: Antara News