Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi came to Indonesia for an official visit to meet President Joko Widodo at Merdeka Palace on Wednesday (30/5). Prime Minister Modi was greeted with a state ceremony and continued on veranda talk, then bilateral meeting between the two countries’ delegates. In the statement during a joint press conference, President Joko Widodo revealed that Indonesia and India agreed to enhance strategic partnership into a comprehensive strategic partnership. With a comprehensive strategic partnership, the President believes the bilateral relations between the two countries will be stronger and better.
“The robustness of this relationship not only brings benefits to the people of both countries, but also to the stability and prosperity of the region. In 2019, Indonesia and India will celebrate 70 years of diplomatic relations and various activities will be carried out to bring our society closer. Indonesia is ready to forge closer, better, and stronger cooperation with India” President Joko Widodo said.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi in his statement said that India and Indonesia have to establish basic cooperation of Indo Pacific, because as a strategic partner, Indonesia and India together with other countries in Indo Pacific region is responsible for ensuring security in the Maritime region. As for from bilateral meetings between the Indonesian and Indian delegations, cooperation was established, including cooperation in the field of defense, the framework of agreement between the Indonesian and Indian governments on the cooperation of exploration and use of space for peaceful purposes, and Memorandum of Understanding on technical cooperation in the sector the railway between the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Railways of the Republic of India. (KBRN/Pradipta/AHM)