Readout from Bilateral Engagement with Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu
Secretary of Defense Spokesperson CAPT Jeff Davis provided the following readout:
On May 29, Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Indonesian Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu on the sidelines of the U.S. Pacific Command change of command at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii.
The two leaders shared views on regional security and emphasized the importance of continued ASEAN centrality and close cooperation to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific safeguarding the rules-based international order.
The Secretary shared Minister Ryamizard's concerns regarding violent extremism, particularly the ISIS-inspired suicide attacks against three churches earlier this month in Indonesia's second largest city, Surabaya. They underscored the need to collectively address the shared threat of terrorism and continue close cooperation with regional stakeholders.
Secretary Mattis relayed his deep appreciation for the broad range of U.S. - Indonesia security cooperation and commended the progress of the Indonesia, Malaysia, and Philippine trilateral air and maritime patrols of the Sulu and Celebes Seas.