Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to increase cooperation and exchange of information and intelligence by setting up a special joint body, according to Bernama news agency.

This was among the matters discussed by Malaysian Defence Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein and Indonesian Army Chief of Staff General Budiman when the latter paid Hishammuddin a courtesy call in Kuala Lumpur on October 28.

Also discussed during the meeting were matters concerning security control and joint operations, as well as the expansion of the scope of cooperation between the Malaysian Army and the Indonesian Army such as reciprocal visit, child adoption programme, and the setting up of more joint army posts.

General Budiman also convened a separate meeting with Armed Forces chief General Zulkifeli Mohd Zin and Army chief General Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor.

This was Budiman first visit to Malaysia since his appointment as the Indonesian Army Chief of Staff on August 30, 2013.-VNA