74th Independence Anniversary: Indonesia, Nigeria to Strengthen ties on Military Cooperation
Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, AVM (rtd) Dr Usra Hendra Harahap has said that Indonesia is ever ready to strengthen military cooperation with
Nigeria for the benefit of both countries.
The Ambassador revealed this during the 74th Independence anniversary and flag hoisting of Republic of Indonesia in Abuja.
Harahap who said Indonesia and Nigeria has enjoyed decades-long
relations in bilateral and military cooperation indicated that his posting to Nigeria as well as that of a Defense Attaché is an indication of Indonesia’s commitment to strengthening the existing relationships between the two countries.
“I have a military background. My posting to Nigeria is to consolidate on the existing military cooperation between the two nations. We also have a Defense Attaché. It is through the DA that a lot of military cooperation will be discussed.”
“Military cooperation was one of the issues I discussed with President Buhari when I submitted my letter of credential. We have to strengthen cooperation in training, knowledge-sharing, reciprocal exchange and military equipment.”
The Envoy who commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s fight against insecurity and corruption said countries should relate on the bases of mutual respect. He urged younger generations to take up challenge to prepare to lead their countries in the future
Earlier, the Ambassador said the anniversary was to remind Indonesians at home at abroad of the struggle for freedom which led to Independence in 1945.
He reechoed Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s message to all Indonesians to be motivated to improve its economy, infrastructure and its people as well as build good relationship with other countries, especially Africa countries.