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US ambassador discusses defense cooperation with TNI chief

Jakarta Post - March 29, 2023

Jakarta – United States Ambassador to Indonesia Sung Kim held a meeting with the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Adm. Yudo Margono earlier this week, discussing efforts to strengthen military and defense cooperation between the two countries.

In a statement published on Monday after the meeting, the US Embassy said Kim expressed US commitment to the continued strengthening and expansion of already strong bilateral security and defense ties.

"Ambassador Kim and Admiral Margono had a wide-ranging discussion about US-Indonesia defense cooperation, including on preparations for the Super Garuda Shield 2023 for which planning is on track for a summer 2023 execution," the statement reads.

Kim said he discussed a number of issues with Yudo on how to maintain a "free and open Indo-Pacific," region.

"Terrific discussion with Panglima TNI Yudo Margono on working together to strengthen US and Indonesia military cooperation and joint capabilities to maintain a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific," Kim posted in a tweet after the meeting.

Kim and Yudo last met during the arrival ceremony for the US-manufactured C-130J-30 Super Hercules heavy transport aircraft in late February.

The aircraft is the first of five Super Hercules the Defense Ministry ordered last year from US aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin, with each of the remaining aircraft to arrive in June, July and October this year and next January.

Source: https://www.thejakartapost.com/world/2023/03/29/us-ambassador-discusses-defense-cooperation-with-tni-chief.htm