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The European Union and Indonesia held their 4th Security Dialogue
Brussels, 12 November 2019
The fourth session of the Security Dialogue between the European Union (EU) and Indonesia was held on 12 November in Brussels. The Dialogue enabled constructive discussions on a wide range of security issues of common interest.
Building on the EU’s Council Conclusions of May 2018, which committed the EU to enhanced security cooperation with and within Asia, the EU and Indonesia discussed a range of issues encompassing Common Security and Defence Policy, countering terrorism and preventing and countering violent extremism, maritime security, cyber security, non-proliferation, organised crime (drugs) and disaster management. The discussions reflected the ambitions to develop and strengthen the partnership and cooperation in security and defence between the EU and Indonesia.
The participants exchanged their respective assessments regarding terrorism, violent extremism and radicalisation and experiences in countering and prevention. Joint activities for the next year and exchange of information were discussed.
The EU and Indonesia exchanged views on enhancing cooperation in the area of peacekeeping and crisis management. They agreed to develop further their cooperation training and defence education. Work to share experience on counter-piracy will continue.
The Dialogue examined the shared challenges by Indonesia and the EU in countering drug trafficking and ways to strengthen the policy response through comprehensive counter narcotics policies, including rehabilitation.
The Dialogue confirmed the importance attached by both sides to Maritime Security stressing its multidimensional aspect. Cooperation opportunities in multilateral fora were discussed as well as in Maritime Situational Awareness.
On disarmament and non-proliferation and arms control, the EU and Indonesia discussed further exchange of information on multilateral instruments for arms control. They agreed to continue successful cooperation in countering Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) hazards.
Theparticipants reviewed their monitoring and communication channels as well as contingency planning on disaster management. They took stock of a recent exchange between the European and Indonesian institutions and made further plans for cooperation in the areas of civil protection, humanitarian assistance and consular protection. The EU and Indonesia looked forward to conducting a table top consular exercise in 2020.
Discussions on the implementation of the EU Partnership Instrument project with Indonesia and four other countries in Asia on enhanced security cooperation, to be launched in 2020, will continue.
It was agreed that the next Dialogue round would be held in Indonesia in 2020.
The Delegation of the European Union was headed by Ms Alison Weston, Head of Division for Partnerships and Agreements. The Delegation from the Republic of Indonesia was led by Mr Masni Eriza, Director of American and European Intra-regional and Inter-regional Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs.