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India, Indonesia ink 15 agreements in key areas

The warmth and bonhomie evident at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo signifies the importance of growth in ties. During first leg of his three nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with president Widodo and underlined importance of boosting diplomatic, trade and economic ties between the two nations. Both the leaders reiterated the need for “free, open, transparent, rule-based, peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region”

India is exploring new dimensions of development in collaboration with East Asian countries. That is the prime reason behind the Act east Policy initiated by Prime Minister Modi in 2014. During the talks, both sides agreed to set a target to enhance bilateral trade to 50 billion dollars by 2025.

15 agreements in various fields including defence, science and technological cooperation, railways and health were also signed.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the act east polict and S A G A R initiative blends perfectly with similar policies of indonesia .

The Prime Minister paid tribute to the martyrs in the Kalibata National Heros Cemetery located in the capital Jakarta.

This monument was built in memory of people who died in Indonesia’s independence struggle.

The Prime Minister expressed deep concern over the growing terror attacks and condemned cowardly terrorists attack in Indonesia.

After this, a grand welcome ceremony was held at the presidential palace in the honour of Prime Minister Modi where President Widodo received the Prime Minister.

He was given customary guard of honor. Prime Minister also met the children at the Mardaca Palace.

Children of both the nations wearing traditional attire were all animated and excited while meeting the prime minister.

The bonhomie between PM Modi and President Widodo is testimony to the strong association of the two Asian power houses.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Indonesia has opened a new chapter not only in the bilateral ties of the two countries but also for India’s engagement with ASEAN region as a whole.

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