India, Indonesia discuss bilateral ties

Jakarta, Jan 5: India and Indonesia discussed bilateral ties over wide ranges of sectors during the fifth Joint Commission meeting co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi here on Friday.

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet, both the leaders “reviewed trade, energy ties, defence cooperation and people-to-people links”.

Earlier in the day, Sushma Swaraj reached here from Thailand on the second leg of her three-nation tour that will also see her going to Singapore.

The visit assumes significance given India’s increasing engagements with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) bloc under New Delhi’s Act East Policy.

India will host a commemorative summit on January 25 to mark the 25th anniversary of the Dialogue Partnership between New Delhi and Asean in which all the leaders of the 10 Asean nations are antipicated to attend.

After that, next day in a unique first, all leaders will collectively participate this year’s Republic Day celebrations as chief guests.

As the biggest country in the Asean region with the largest economy, Indonesia is a key partner for India, including in trade and strategic matters.

In recent times, both the countries have witnessed intensive engagements bilaterally as well as plurilaterally.

Prior to participating in the Joint Commission meeting, Sushma Swaraj met Indonesian Vice President Muhammad Jusuf and engaged in the discussion on “strengthening our strategic partnership”, according to Kumar.

Swaraj will leave for Singapore on Saturday where she will inaugurate this year’s Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas.



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