Today, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher C. Miller met with Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Chief of Defense Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto in Jakarta. In all these meetings, the Secretary emphasized the importance that the Department of Defense places on the bilateral partnership and in securing a free and open South China Sea and Indo-Pacific region.
With Minister Prabowo, the Secretary discussed maritime security, defense procurements, information sharing, and military education. The Secretary and Air Chief Marshal Hadi discussed the South China Sea and opportunities to increase military training between the two countries. Secretary Miller and Minister Retno discussed COVID-19 and regional security. The Secretary also visited Istiqlal Mosque, the largest mosque in Southeast Asia, and commended Indonesia as an example of religious tolerance and pluralism.