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US lifting of travel ban on Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo may be first of more sweeteners to come for Indonesia

As Indonesia's Defence Minister Mr Prabowo has since crisscrossed the globe to engage in "defence diplomacy".PHOTO: REUTERS

It read a little like a romance novel.

Separated by the Pacific Ocean and a longstanding travel ban to the US, Indonesian Defence Minister Prabowo Subianto spoke to US Defence Secretary Mark Esper by phone a few times on defence cooperation between their countries. 

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