Thursday, March 15, 2012

Indonesia says 'no problem' with US Marines plan

Indonesia said Thursday it had no problem with US plans to station Marines in northern Australia as Canberra flagged the possibility of four-nation military drills with China.

The plan to bring some 2,500 Marines to remote Darwin by 2016-17 initially raised some "questions" when it was unveiled by US President Barack Obama in Australia last November, Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said.

But "those questions have been provided answers" and it was now recognised as a valuable opportunity to boost humanitarian and disaster response, Natelegawa said following bilateral defence and diplomacy talks in Canberra.