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for Defence Dr Ng Eng Hen spoke with Indonesia Defence Minister Prabowo
Subianto over the phone earlier today.
Ng and Minister Prabowo reaffirmed the close and long-standing bilateral
defence relationship between Singapore and Indonesia. Dr Ng thanked Minister
Prabowo for his strong support for the Shangri-La Dialogue even though it could
not be held this year, and invited Minister Prabowo to visit Singapore when the
regional COVID-19 situation improves. The Ministers also exchanged views on
regional security challenges and discussed ways to support each other and strengthen
bilateral defence cooperation amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, in areas such as humanitarian assistance
and disaster relief, and maritime security. Dr Ng and Minister Prabowo both
looked forward to meeting at the upcoming ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting
(ADMM) and ADMM-Plus, which will be held virtually later this month.
3. Singapore and Indonesia share close and long-standing ties. Both defence
establishments have enjoyed decades of close friendship and continue to deepen
their cooperation to tackle common regional security challenges. The Singapore
Armed Forces and the Indonesian Armed Forces interact regularly through
exercises, visits, professional exchanges, and cross-attendance of courses
across the three Services and at all levels. These interactions serve to build
mutual understanding and enhance the interoperability and camaraderie between
the two militaries and defence establishments.