The Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. (ret) Prabowo Subianto is expected to visit the United States (US) on Oct. 15 to discuss the cooperation between two countries in the defense sector following the invitation of the US Defense Minister Mark Esper. For Prabowo, who is also the chairman of the Gerindra Party, the visit will be his first time in the last two decades since he was barred from entering the US due to allegations of violence against human rights. Given the said history, the visit will not only be important for Indonesia’s interest to strengthen and modernize its primary defense system (Alutsista), but also for Prabowo personally in relation to his 2024 bid.

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