Nusa Dua: Australian and Indonesian Foreign and Defence Ministers met for the 6th 2+2 Meeting on Friday,December 6, 2019 in Bali, Indonesia, following the 12th Bali Democracy Forum. Australia commended Indonesia’s leading role in contributing to global peacekeeping efforts.
The ministers recognised the importance of peacekeeping as a key area of practical cooperation in the bilateral relationship. They welcomed and reaffirmed their commitment to efforts to broaden and deepen peacekeeping cooperation between the Australian Defence Forces (ADF) and the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI.
"We declare our intent for Australia and Indonesia to co-deploy on a United Nations peacekeeping mission," Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said.
The ministers agreed to the establishment of a permanent Indonesian instructor position at the Australian Peacekeeping Operations Training Centre, as an avenue to strengthen training cooperation. They highlighted that these developments signalled a new chapter in the Australia-Indonesia peacekeeping partnership.
"It is a new idea that will be started. I hope it can be realized," Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto said.
Moreover, the ministers acknowledged Australia and Indonesia’s long history of comprehensive bilateral maritime security cooperation. They recognised that both countries’ collective security and prosperity relied on the stability of the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
Guided by the principles of the 2006 Lombok Treaty, the ministers met in a spirit of friendship, partnership and shared resolve to address the political and strategic challenges faced by the region. They affirmed that the two countries remain committed to engaging closely on key bilateral issues and working together on regional challenges.