Indonesia, Saudi Arabia sign defense agreement

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Missile saudiIndonesia and Saudi Arabia signed a defense cooperation agreement (DCA) on January 23, the first of its kind between the two nations. The agreement was signed by Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Sultan Abdulaziz Al Saud and Indonesian Lt. Gen. (ret.) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin. The DCA covers training, education, counter terrorism and defense industry cooperation.

It is the first agreement of its sort that Indonesia has signed with a Middle Eastern country and the first between it and Saudi Arabia – the two countries have had diplomatic relations since 1950. Lt. Gen. Sjafrie told the Jakarta Post  that “This is the first time a Saudi deputy defense minister has visited Indonesia.”

The cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia is underscored by both nations’ common Islamic identities, although this wasn’t a driving factor in the signing of the DCA. In fact, both Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, in agreeing to cooperate on counter terrorism, noted that terrorism should not be linked to any ideology or religion, in particular Islam. Indonesia’s interlocutor adds that “No religion in the world teaches violence.”

The Indonesia Defense Ministry said in a press release that terrorist incidents in recent years have cast a poor light on Islam and that Saudi Arabia is one of the countries most damaged by terrorism. Indonesia has also suffered terrorist attacks conducted by Islamist groups.

An Indonesia-Saudi Arabia joint exercise on counter terrorism will follow from the DCA. According to Sjafrie, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia “have agreed to fight terrorism by holding joint exercises [that involve] members of both countries’ special forces.”

Indonesia’s defense industry could also win lucrative Saudi contracts in the future. Saudi Arabia has put in a request for detailed technical specifications of Indonesian defense equipment and will match Indonesian offerings to its requirements. According to Sjafrie, “The assessment is at the observation phase. Today’s visit was an introduction to the Indonesian defense industry’s capability.” It appears likely that Saudi Arabia will ultimately purchase indigenous Indonesian defense hardware in the future.

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Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed a defense cooperation agreement (DCA) on January 23, the first of its kind between the two nations. The agreement was signed by Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Sultan Abdulaziz Al Saud and Indonesian Lt. Gen. (ret.) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin. The DCA covers training, education, counter terrorism and defense industry cooperation.

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Missile saudiIndonesia and Saudi Arabia signed a defense cooperation agreement (DCA) on January 23, the first of its kind between the two nations. The agreement was signed by Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Prince Salman bin Sultan Abdulaziz Al Saud and Indonesian Lt. Gen. (ret.) Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin. The DCA covers training, education, counter terrorism and defense industry cooperation.

It is the first agreement of its sort that Indonesia has signed with a Middle Eastern country and the first between it and Saudi Arabia – the two countries have had diplomatic relations since 1950. Lt. Gen. Sjafrie told the Jakarta Post  that “This is the first time a Saudi deputy defense minister has visited Indonesia.”

The cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Indonesia is underscored by both nations’ common Islamic identities, although this wasn’t a driving factor in the signing of the DCA. In fact, both Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, in agreeing to cooperate on counter terrorism, noted that terrorism should not be linked to any ideology or religion, in particular Islam. Indonesia’s interlocutor adds that “No religion in the world teaches violence.”

The Indonesia Defense Ministry said in a press release that terrorist incidents in recent years have cast a poor light on Islam and that Saudi Arabia is one of the countries most damaged by terrorism. Indonesia has also suffered terrorist attacks conducted by Islamist groups.

An Indonesia-Saudi Arabia joint exercise on counter terrorism will follow from the DCA. According to Sjafrie, Indonesia and Saudi Arabia “have agreed to fight terrorism by holding joint exercises [that involve] members of both countries’ special forces.”

Indonesia’s defense industry could also win lucrative Saudi contracts in the future. Saudi Arabia has put in a request for detailed technical specifications of Indonesian defense equipment and will match Indonesian offerings to its requirements. According to Sjafrie, “The assessment is at the observation phase. Today’s visit was an introduction to the Indonesian defense industry’s capability.” It appears likely that Saudi Arabia will ultimately purchase indigenous Indonesian defense hardware in the future.

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