Prabowo Talks of Dispute between States with Japan Defense Minister



Mahinda Arkyasa

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  • TEMPO.CO, JakartaDefense Minister Prabowo Subianto held a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Nobuo Kishi in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, March 28, 2021. This was the first face-to-face meeting of the two following previous online meetings.

    In this meeting, the two ministers exchanged views on issues of regional security and defense cooperation and reiterated efforts to strengthen bilateral ties.

    "We prioritize diplomacy and dialogue in resolving disputes between countries and uphold the rule of law in handling any disputes," said Prabowo in a written statement on Monday, March 29, 2021.

    Both agreed to hold a military-to-military dialogue, continue consultations on primary weapons systems (Alutsista) and technology, further enhance service to service cooperation, and prepare the two-plus-two meeting on March 30 for the first time in the last five years.

    On the occasion, they discussed efforts to increase defense cooperation including holding bilateral joint exercises, supporting the collaboration and participation of the Japan Self-Defense Forces (JSDF) in the multilateral exercise "Komodo", and further promoting cooperation in the High Availability and Disaster Recovery, including the response to Covid-19.

    Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi and Prabowo Subianto also expressed deep concern over the current situation in Myanmar. They emphasized the intention of the two countries to work closely together on this issue.