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Nigeria, Indonesia To Strengthen Defence Cooperation

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The governments of Nigeria and Indonesia on Tuesday in Abuja signed a letter of intent to deepen bilateral defence cooperation.

At the ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence Headquarters, Permanent Secretary Ibrahim Kana, represented the Minister of Defence Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd).

Kana signed for the country, while the Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Dr Hustra Harahap, also appended his signature.

The deal is aimed at promoting defence cooperation in accordance with the prevailing laws and regulation of the two nations.

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The agreement includes exchange of high ranking operational officials, promotion of education and training, promotion of defence industries and intelligence sharing.

Kana assured the 5-man Indonesian delegation that Nigeria is poised to drive the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The PS hailed the long history of robust relationship between Nigeria and Indonesia with common areas of interests as members of G-30 and G-8 countries.

In his remarks, Harahap assured Nigeria of his country’s total commitment to abide by the articles contained in the signed document.

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In attendance were the Ministry’s Director of Joint Services, Olu Mustapha; Director – Medical, Dr Olajide Johnson; Director – Press; Victoria Agba-Atta; Special Adviser – Technical, Major General Ahmed Tijani Jibrin (rtd).

On the Ambassador’s team were Defence Attache Colonel Otlow Resalino; the Minister Counsellor, Mrs Tuty Dityawanty; the Chancery, Fahmi Aris; Secretary Defence Attache, Farouk Hashim.

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