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Turkey offers Indonesia F-16 jetfighter maintenance

April 24, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - Turkey on Monday offered Indonesia assistance for the maintenance of F-16 jetfighters in an effort to enhance defense ties between the two countries.
"Turkey is eager to enhance defense and military ties between the two countries. More specifically, they offer cooperation in the maintenance of F-16 jetfighters," Minister of Defense Juwono Sudarsono told reporters.

He made the remarks after a meeting with Turkish Ambassador to Indonesia Aydin Evirgen.

Indonesia began operating a squadron of F-16 in 1990 but their airworthiness has been in question since the U.S. government imposed a military embargo in 1999.

Juwono said the Turkish offer would be consulted first with the president and the minister of foreign affairs before the government makes a decision.

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