7th India-Indonesia Joint Defense Cooperation Committee meeting held in New Delhi

Giridhar Aramane and Donny Ermawan Taufanto co-chair the 7th India-Indonesia Joint Defense Cooperation Committee meeting in New Delhi

Defense Secretary of India Giridhar Aramane and Secretary General, Ministry of Defense of Indonesia, Air Marshal Donny Ermawan Taufanto have co-chaired the 7th India-Indonesia Joint Defense Cooperation Committee (JDCC) meeting in New Delhi on May 3, 2024.

Main points of the 7th meeting

  • During the meeting, defense cooperation and defense industry between the two countries were discussed.
  • Progress made on bilateral defense cooperation initiatives was also reviewed by the two Co-Chairs.
  • Additionally, measures were identified to enhance existing areas of cooperation, particularly in the areas of defense industry relations, maritime security and multilateral cooperation.

Air Marshal Donny Ermawan Taufanto’s visit to India

  • Toufanto is to visit India on May 2, 2024. He paid tribute to the martyred heroes by paying floral tributes at the National War Memorial in New Delhi.
  • During the visit Toufanto visited DRDO Headquarters in New Delhi as well as Tata Advanced Systems and L&T defense establishments in Pune.
  • He also held discussions with Indian defense industry partners such as Bharat Forge, Mahindra Defense and Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited.
  • Discussed ways to improve defense industrial capabilities through cooperation in research and joint production.

Relations between India and Indonesia

  • Both countries are important partners of each other economically, strategically and culturally.
  • In 2005, the two countries established a strategic partnership, leading to increased economic, security and cultural cooperation. The partnership is currently characterized by close cooperation in bilateral and multilateral areas, including frequent high-level talks. Indonesia is an important partner of India’s Act East Policy and in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Bilateral trade and investment relations between India and Indonesia are strong. Indonesia is a major trading partner of India.
  • Indonesia is a major source of crude oil and natural gas supplies to India. Both countries also cooperate in the energy sector.
  • Defense and security cooperation between India and Indonesia is growing, including joint military exercises and arms purchases.

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