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US hails 10-billion-dollar energy, defence deals with Indonesia

Energy

Jakarta - US Vice President Mike Pence on Friday welcomed energy and defence deals between US and Indonesian companies that officials said were worth 10 billion dollars.

"These deals represent the tremendous excitement that American companies feel about opportunities in Indonesia," Pence said in Jakarta at the end of a two-day visit to Indonesia.

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Under one of the agreements, US energy giant ExxonMobil will sell liquefied natural gas to Indonesia's state-owned energy company Pertamina.

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Another enables US aerospace and defence technology company Lockheed Martin to provide weapons systems for F-16 fighter jets owned by the Indonesian military.

Pence's visit to Indonesia was part of a four-nation tour that includes stops in South Korea, Japan and Australia.

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