Islamabad, 20 July 2022 (TDI): The Ambassador of Indonesia to Pakistan, Adam Tugio, visited the Naval Headquarters in Islamabad and met the Chief of the Naval Staff, Amjad Khan Niazi.

During the meeting, the two dignitaries discussed issues of mutual interest and further promotion of bilateral maritime cooperation between Pakistan and Indonesia.

The Indonesian Ambassador appreciated the role of the Pakistan Navy in ensuring maritime security in the region.

Indonesia–Pakistan relations: 

The diplomatic relations between the two countries were first established in 1955. Pakistan has an embassy in Jakarta, while Indonesia maintains an embassy and a consulate-general in Islamabad and Karachi, respectively.

Both countries are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and part of the D-8 Organization for Economic Cooperation, also known as Developing-8.

Bilateral defense and maritime cooperation:   

The two countries have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in defense cooperation under which they would hold joint military exercises between the armed forces, share intelligence on terrorism, and hold military student exchanges.

Under a series of bilateral exercises conducted annually between Pakistani and Indonesian navies, the countries also held the SEA THUNDER-IV exercise between the Pakistan Navy Special Service Group and the Indonesian Navy Special Operation Force (SOF) that concluded in 2019.

This exercise aimed to increase coordination and cooperation between Special Operation Forces, strengthen military ties, and allow participant forces to share technical expertise and counterterrorism operation experiences. Maritime Counter Terrorism Operations were also conducted at sea during the exercise.

About the Ambassador:  

Adam Mulawarman Tugio is an experienced Indonesian diplomat with a career of nearly three decades. He is currently serving as Ambassador of Indonesia to Pakistan.

Since his appointment, Ambassador Tugio has contributed significantly to enhancing bilateral ties, fostering cross-cultural dialogue, and advancing commerce and trade between Pakistan and Indonesia.

Because of his significant contributions, Indonesian colleges had the largest percentage of Pakistani students receiving scholarships.

Tugio has actively pushed to increase bilateral commerce and B2B prospects for citizens of both nations. He has planned several events throughout the nation, such as dialogue’s Shared Future and the Way Forward and Indonesia-Pakistan B2B Hybrid Road Show in Lahore.

For his efforts toward building strong partnerships between Pakistan and Indonesia, the Ambassador received an award at the Global Ambassador Awards ceremony in June.