Sushma meets Indonesian vice-president in Jakarta, discusses ways to strengthen bilateral ties

Jakarta:  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday called on Indonesian vice-president Muhammad Jusuf Kalla and held talks with her counterpart to discuss ways to strengthen the strategic partnership between the two nations.

Swaraj, who arrived in Jakarta from Thailand on the second leg of her three-nation tour, was given a warm welcome.

She will also co-chair the fifth meeting of the India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi. The ministers will also inaugurate the second meeting of ASEAN-India Network of Think Tanks.

Swaraj will also call on Indonesian President Joko Widodo, and have other official engagements, including an interaction with the representatives of the Indian community.

As the biggest country in the ASEAN region with the largest economy, Indonesia is an important partner for India including in trade and strategic matters, the ministry of external affairs had said before the meeting. Swaraj will also visit Singapore and there she will inaugurate the Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) of ASEAN
countries on 7 January.

Her three-nation visit is the part of New Delhi's efforts to hold bilateral interactions in various sectors with the
countries of South East Asian region within the framework of India's Act East Policy

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Updated Date: Jan 05, 2018 17:36:40 IST

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