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Indonesia 'regrets' lookalike marines act

Published on Mar 21, 2014 11:49 PM
Indonesian soldiers posed for photos with the lookalikes of marines Usman and Harun at the Jakarta International Defence Dialogue exhibition in Jakarta. -- PHOTO: TEMPO

INDONESIA'S Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Mr Djoko Suyanto, has telephoned Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean to express regret over the incident in which two Indonesian marines posed as the MacDonald House bombers at an international defence conference in Jakarta this week.

Mr Djoko expressed regret over the inappropriate conduct by the soldiers, and assured Mr Teo that there was no such policy to do this, Mr Teo's office said on Friday in reply to media queries.

Indonesian Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro also telephoned Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen Friday afternoon to express the same views.

Dr Purnomo added that the Indonesian navy chief, Admiral Marsetio, had launched investigations to determine who was responsible for this inappropriate act, Mr Teo's office said.

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