This handout picture taken and released on September 9, 2021 by the Indonesian Defense Ministry shows Indonesia's defense minister Prabowo Subianto (left) and Australia defence minister Peter Dutton (2nd left) inspecting honour guards before their 2+2 meeting with both country's foreign ministers in Jakarta. (HANDOUT / INDONESIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY / AFP)
JAKARTA - Indonesia and Australia renewed a defense pact and agreed to boost training ties among a series of joint security agreements on Thursday at a meeting in Jakarta of defense and foreign ministers of both countries.
Memoranda of understanding (MOU) were signed in counter-terrorism, defense and cybersecurity, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said, while Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto said discussions were made about the possibility of Indonesian military cadets attending Australian academies, in what would be "a historic first".
The Indonesia trip, by Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton, was the first such ministerial visit from Australia since the start of the pandemic
The Indonesia trip, by Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Defense Minister Peter Dutton, was the first such ministerial visit from Australia since the start of the pandemic.
The four ministers said other areas discussed included peace and security in the Indo-Pacific and political developments in Afghanistan as well as in Myanmar, for which both countries expressed support for the peace efforts of a Southeast Asian regional envoy.
Dutton said Indonesia and Australia must be "anchors" in an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region.
The Jakarta visit is part of a series of meetings between Australia's foreign and defense ministers with counterparts in Indo-Pacific, which will include stops in New Delhi, Seoul, Washington and New York.
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