Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his Indonesian counterpart Gen Prabowo Subianto on Thursday exchanged views on regional security situation and underlined the need for a free and open maritime order based on the rule of law.
In a telephonic conversation, Singh and Gen Subianto expressed commitment to further elevate engagements between the armed forces of the two countries under the framework of the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership, the defence ministry said.
“The two ministers exchanged views on the security situation in the region and the need for a free and open maritime order based on the rule of law,” it said.
There has been growing concern over China”s military assertiveness in the Indian Ocean as well as in the Indo-Pacific region.
Singh described the discussions as “fruitful and substantive”.
“Spoke to the Defence Minister of Indonesia, General Prabowo Subianto today. We had fruitful and substantive discussions on bilateral defence engagements,” Singh said in a tweet.
“India is committed to enhance the defence engagements with Indonesia as part of the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership,” he added.