Indonesia and France agreed to increase cooperation in the maritime sector. The agreement was sealed in a courtesy call on Tuesday (June 8) between the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar and his counterpart the France Minister of Maritime Annick Girardin. The agreement is worth highlighting in light of the negotiation to purchase France’s Scorpene submarines. In the meantime, Germany’s naval company Thyssenkrupp Marine System (TKMS) reportedly offered its HWD Class 214 diesel-electric submarine to Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto. The United States (US) arms producer Lockheed Martin, meanwhile, is still offering its F-16 Viper fighter jet to Indonesia.

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