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Indonesia, US to discuss army ties

Indonesia, US to discuss army ties

NUSA DUA, Indonesia: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta and his Indonesian counterpart Sunday will discuss the two countries' growing military ties after more than a decade-long suspension by Washington over human rights issues, a senior US official said. In his first trip to the region since taking the helm at the Pentagon in July, the former CIA director begins his tour in Indonesia before heading for Japan on Monday and South Korea on Wednesday. Panetta's trip coincides with sensitive direct talks between the United States and North Korea in Geneva on Monday to try to lay the ground for reviving long-stalled nuclear disarmament negotiations. In his meetings with Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro on the resort island of Bali, Panetta will discuss regional issues and Washington's growing "military relationship" with Jakarta, said the defence official, speakin...

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