In Indonesia, US senators met with Sidarto Danusubroto, who is the speaker of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), and Pramono Anung, the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives.
"They hope that democracy in Indonesia can grow well and that [Indonesia] can become a compatible partner for them because we are the third democratic country and they are the second [in the world]," said Pramono Anung, deputy speaker of the House of Representatives for the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P).
spoke after a closed meeting with a delegation of US
senators, including John McCain, a candidate in the 2008 US presidential election, at the House building on Monday.
During the meeting, Pramono
said that the United States opens the door for better defense cooperation between both countries.
said that better relations with the US
is necessary after the country slapped an embargo on Indonesia for spare parts of fighter aircraft.
The senators hoped to enhance cooperation between Indonesia and the US
in several sectors.
"They also hoped to enhance existing cooperation in the education, trade, defense and cultural sectors with the new government," said Pramono
In the meeting with Pramono
, McCain was accompanied by senators from both Republican and Democratic parties such as Jim Moran, Kay Granger, Ken Calvert, and Rodney Frelinghuysen.