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U.S. Department of Defense

March 31, 2020

Readout of Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper's Phone Call With Indonesian Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper spoke with his Indonesian counterpart, Minister of Defense Prabowo Subianto, on the phone today to discuss COVID-19. Both leaders offered sympathies to those affected by COVID-19 in the United States and in Indonesia. Secretary Esper thanked Minister Prabowo and his government for their leadership in responding to COVID-19 and asked how else the United States might help. Minister Prabowo conveyed his government's gratitude to the United States for its first tranche of support to Indonesia, including $2.3 million in funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development and a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisor embedded with the Indonesian government.

Secretary Esper and Minister Prabowo also discussed bilateral defense priorities, including military readiness and defense acquisitions. Both leaders conveyed their desire to meet again soon.


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