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Japan signs defence pact with Indonesia, offers S$1.6b loan

2015-03-24 08:42:09       source:Today

March 24, 2015


"Japan and Indonesia yesterday agreed to boost security and economic cooperation, with Tokyo offering ¥140 billion (S$1.6 billion) in low-interest loans for the construction of a mass rapid transit system in Jakarta.


In a summit in Tokyo, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo presided over the signing of a defence cooperation pact that involves Japanese capacity-building assistance for Indonesian forces, as well as bilateral cooperation in peacekeeping missions and defence equipment development, said Japanese officials.


Mr Abe and Mr Widodo, who is on his first visit to Japan since becoming President last October, agreed to launch a "Japan-Indonesia maritime forum" to look into maritime security and Japan’s assistance in promoting Indonesia’s marine-related industries, said officials."


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