Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said on Friday that the defense cooperation agreement signed by Indonesia and Singapore was expected to benefit both sides and the maintenance of security stability in the Southeast Asian region.
"The defense cooperation agreement signed by Indonesia and Singapore will benefit both sides. We need cooperation with friendly countries as exemplified by the joint security scheme existing between Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia on the Malacca Strait," Antara news agency quoted the president as saying in the country's resort island of Bali.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after the signing of an Extradition Treaty (ET) and Defense Cooperation Agreement (DCA), the president said that besides cooperation on Malacca Strait security, Indonesia and Singapore were also involved in the ASEAN Security Community (ASC) cooperation.
Through the DCA, Indonesia would be able to increase its professionalism, defense capability and gain access to modern technology owned by Singapore, Yudhoyono said.
In conducting an exercise, Indonesia could use facilities belonging to Singapore so that it would improve its knowledge, experience and increase access to modernity, he added.
The president also said, Singapore could in due time also share infrastructure development in areas designed to be sites for joint military exercises between Indonesia and Singapore or among other friendly countries.
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the defense cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore would make it easy for the two countries' armed forces to cooperate in disaster handling and overcome threats.
Indonesian Defence Minister Juwono Sudarsono said the DCA was a follow up to the Military Training Area (MTA) arrangement which was once agreed upon between the two sides between 1995 and 2003.
"The DCA will in broad sense provide for training for the armed forces of the two countries based on the principle of mutual benefit. In the treaty, Indonesia will provide sites for air and sea military exercises within its jurisdiction," he said.