Indonesia, Singapore to improve military mutual trust

08:43, July 28, 2011      

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Indonesia and Singapore intend to improve their existing military ties by exchanging military officers to both countries so as to nurture mutual trust and respect between them, Indonesian Vice President Boediono said on Wednesday.

Speaking in his meeting with Singaporean Defense Minister Ng En Hen here, Vice President Boediono emphasized that the most essential matter in building a relationship with neighboring country is the persistence of high mutual trust.

The vice president also said that the improving military ties with the neighboring country Singapore was proved by concrete activities conducted by both military in the recent years, the Vice President office spokesperson Yopie Hidayat cited Boediono's statement during the meeting. "Indonesia sent 600 military officers to undergo military education and training programs in Singapore each year,"Yopie told reporters on the sidelines of the meeting.

He added that in reciprocal relationship, Singapore has also sent its military officers to study at Indonesia's National Resilience Institution (Lemhanas). "This is part of the efforts to build trust and mutual trust between the two neighboring countries, " Yopie said, citing to the vice president's statement.

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