On Thursday, India and Indonesia have “unequivocally” criticized terrorism and the “selective approaches” in dealing with the global hazard as the Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held discussion with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Jakarta.
During the discussion, the two nations have affirmed their shared interests in territorial unity and integrity.
S Jaishankar said in a press statement, “As democracies, who both confront the menace of terrorism, in our meeting today, we unequivocally reiterated our strongest condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestations.”
He continued, “We expressed our strongest opposition to any selective approaches in dealing with this global menace.”
During the meeting, India has called upon all nations “to stop providing state sponsorship to terrorism and to prevent their territories from being used for establishing terrorist safe havens.”
“We also affirmed our shared interests in the territorial integrity and unity of the two countries,” added the Indian Foreign Minister.
Both the top leaders have discussed the entire scope of bilateral ties and held discussions on a number of regional, economic, global, security, and political issues.
Mr. Jaishankar said that “they (discussions) were very frank, they were very free, they were very comfortable and we exchanged views on a variety of steps that we need to move our relationship to even further.”
Acknowledging that the two nations are close maritime neighbors, Mr. Jaishankar has said that India values Indonesia as a key partner under the Act East and Indo-Pacific Policy.
He continued, “Improving connectivity between India and Indonesia, especially between Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Aceh Province of Indonesia is, therefore, a key strategic priority for both countries.”
In 2018, Indonesia and India have agreed to set up a special task force to boost connectivity between the strategic Andaman and Nicobar Islands and provinces in Sumatra Island to strengthen tourism, trade, and people-to-people contact.
Mr. Jaishankar said, “We expect the Task Force to meet in November, if not earlier.”
He has further expressed happiness over the invitation of Indonesia to India for joining the IMT-GT (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand-Growth Triangle) as the Dialogue Partner.
Mr. Jaishankar was quoted saying, “We are happy to have joined the Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand-Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) as the first Dialogue Partner and Minister, I really appreciate Indonesian’s invitation in this regard. We hope to have further integration of economies of sub-regions of Eastern India with IMT-GT.”
India and Indonesia have further agreed to work together for a sustainable and balanced trade by offering greater market access, both in terms of services and goods to achieve the trade target of USD 50 billion.
Both have agreed to develop a strong economic and development partnership that strengthens the flow of trade, capital, ideas, and people between the countries.
Both the Foreign Ministers have agreed to further expand collaboration on cooperate and global issues more closely in a multilateral organization.
He said, “As two democratic countries with common values of pluralism and civilizational harmony, it is important that we stand together in facing global challenges,” adding that “I look forward to Indonesia joining us on the launch of the Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure initiative later this year at the United Nations.”
Highlighting the historical link between the two nations, Mr. Jaishankar has expressed hope of a modern partnership between Indonesia and India through the means of fashion.
S Jaishankar has also met Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla and appreciated his insights and experience in developing economic cooperation.
He further called upon Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Gen (Retired) Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs H. Wiranto.
The Indian Foreign Minister also met former President of Indonesia, Megawati Sukarnoputri and also paid a visit to the National Museum of Indonesia.
Mr. Jaishankar tweets, “Short break at the National Museum of Indonesia. Reminded of our common heritage.”
S Jaishankar’s visit reflects the country’s high-priority is attached to its bilateral relationship with Indonesia, which “we share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and a Shared Vision on Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific,” a press release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs said ahead of his three-day visit to Indonesia.