US to sell Apache helicopters to Indonesia

September 21st, 2012 - 1:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Sep 21 (IANS) US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced the sale of eight Apache helicopters to Indonesia.

“Today, I’m announcing that the Obama administration has informed Congress of the potential sale of eight AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopters to the Indonesian government,” Clinton told reporters Thursday after meeting her Indonesian counterpart Marty Natalegawa, reported Xinhua.

“This agreement will strengthen our comprehensive partnership and help enhance security across the region,” Clinton said, adding: “And one of our most important concerns is promoting peace and stability in the Asia Pacific.”

“And we continue to support ASEAN’s six-point principles, which we believe will help reduce tensions and pave the way for a comprehensive code of conduct for addressing disputes without threats, coercion, or use of force,” she remarked.

The 10-member bloc of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) issued a six-point statement on the South China Sea in July, reaffirming its commitment to the “peaceful resolution of disputes” there.

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