Indonesia, Australia to discuss maritime, cybersecurity in Bali

BINTANGNEWS.com – Top ministers from Australia and Indonesia are scheduled to gather in Bali on Oct.28 to discuss the strengthening of cooperation on strategic security issues between the two countries, officials have said. 
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said foreign and defense ministers from Indonesia and Australia were ready to attend the fourth meeting of the pair ministers, which was initiated in 2010.  
"Some of the issues to be discussed include strategic security issues, which have become prime concerns of both countries, and on how they can contribute to the stability and peace of the region," Arrmanatha said during a press briefing at the ministry in Jakarta on Friday. 
The ministry's East Asia and Pacific director Edi Yusup said the meeting was expected to expand cooperation that had been established in previous talks, including on counterterrorism and deradicalization. 
He further said the meeting would discuss maritime safety and security issues, especially those related to disputed territories in the South China Sea, and Sulu Sea security, which had been rife with kidnappings of Indonesian sailors in recent years. Australia wanted to know how Indonesia had addressed a string of hostage-taking situations, he went on.  
"There is also a possibility for the two countries to launch cooperation on cybersecurity during the event," Edi said.***
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