US Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper receives Indonesia’s MoD Prabowo Subianto at the Pentagon

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US Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper holds meeting with Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto at the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., on Friday 16 October 2020. (Photo: Doc. KEMENHAN RI)

IO – The US Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper met with Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto at the Pentagon to discuss regional securi­ty, bilateral defense priorities and de­fense acquisitions. Secretary Esper communicated the importance of upholding human rights, the rule of law, and professionalism, as the two countries expand their engage­ment.

Minister Prabowo expressed the importance of military engagement at all levels, and communicated his appreciation for the United States’ support for Indonesia’s defense mod­ernization. The two leaders shared a desire to enhance bilateral mili­tary-to-military exercises and look forward to working together on re­gional maritime security.

Secretary Esper and Minister Prabowo signed a Memorandum of Intent, to reassert the efforts of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency in recov­ering the remains of U.S. military personnel lost in Indonesia during World War II.

Both leaders expressed their sym­pathy and concern for those affected by COVID-19 in the United States and Indonesia. (Dan)

 5 RI-US cooperation fields result­ing from the visit made by the Minis­ter of Defense Prabowo Subianto to the Pentagon:

1. Regional security, prioritizing on bilateral defense and defense acquisitions.

2. Increase of military cooperation and maritime security.

3. Education and training coopera­tion for TNI troopers in various military educational institutions in the US.

4. Both Ministers of Defense agreed on the repatriation of the corpses of US soldiers who went missing in Indonesia during World War II.

5. Prabowo expresses his thanks for the ventilator aid given for COVID-19 patients in Indonesia.