Indonesia discusses security cooperation, Middle East peace efforts with Russia

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President Joko Widodo met with Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay P Petrushev in Jakarta on Wednesday to discuss security cooperation, including Indonesia's peace efforts in the Middle East, The Jakarta Globe reported.

Foreign Miniser Retno Marsudi said the president explained efforts currently being made by Indonesia in the Middle East, and invited Russia to take part in fostering peace there.

Earlier this year, Retno visited the Middle East to help broker peace between Saudi Arabia and Iran, whose political ties have acutely deteriorated over the Sunni kingdom’s execution of a dissident Shiite cleric.

Indonesia and Russia also agreed to exchange intelligence information as part of an efforts to eradicate terrorism. Coordinating Minister for Political, Security and Legal Affairs Luhut Panjaitan, who also attend the meeting, said both nations have agreed to step up military and cyber cooperation as well.

During the meeting, Joko invited Russia to attend the upcoming Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit on Palestine. The event is scheduled for March 6 and 7 in Jakarta, with the expected attendance of 56 heads of state, as well as four observers – the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.