Indonesia, U.S. conduct joint military exercise

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Indonesia, the United States, Thailand and the Philippines have carried out a joint military exercise in West Java of Indonesia to boost cooperation and professionalism of their militaries in the U.N. peace mission, Antara reported here Thursday.

The exercise is also participated by Bangladesh, Nepal, and Brunei Darussalam.

The practice aims at improving solidarity particularly among troop-contributing countries (TCCs) in the U.N. peace mission.

The 2010 exercise which is jointly organized by the Indonesian Army and its U.S. counterpart.

Indonesian Army Chief of Staff George Toisutta in his written address said the exercise was designed to optimize cooperation among TCCs amidst the complicated strategic environmental developments.

"The myriad of problems requires us to work closely to resolve them as part of efforts to create regional security particularly in Asia and the Pacific," he said.

On the occasion, the United States Pacific Command (USPACOM) Representative Maj. Gen. Robert Lee expressed gratitude to the Indonesian government for its readiness to host the exercise involving U.N. peacekeeping troops.

"This is for the first time held in Indonesia in the past three years. And I express our gratitude," he said.

The exercise, the fourth of its kind ever held in Asia, is one of the activities sponsored by USPACOM.

The first such exercise code-named "Khan Quest" was held in Mongolia in 2007, and the second code-named "Santi Dhoot" in Bangladesh in 2008.

The third such exercise was held in Indonesia in 2009 with the Indonesian Military (TNI) Headquarters as the event`s organizing committee.

Source: Xinhua


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