India, Indonesia to prioritise defence ties: PM Modi


New Delhi, December 12


Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India and Indonesia have agreed to give top priority to their defence and security ties in order to jointly combat terrorism and organised crime.

In a joint media address with visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Modi said the two nations share the value of “democracy, diversity and social harmony” and have nurtured “strong bonds of business and culture”.

“Indonesia is one of our most valued partners in our Act East policy. We have shared economic and strategic interests. We have agreed to prioritise defence and security cooperation,” the Prime Minister said after the two countries signed a host of agreements at Hyderabad House here.

He said “combating terrorism, organised crime, drugs and human trafficking” were high on the agenda of his talks with Widodo.

Widodo is on a two-day state visit to India that began on Monday. He was earlier accorded a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

India, Indonesia sign three agreements

India and Indonesia =signed three agreements following delegation-level talks here headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“Agreements that advance a strategic partnership. PM @narendramodi & Prez @jokowi witness exchange of agreements in three different fields,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on cooperation in the area of youth and sports.

Another MoU was signed on cooperation in the area of standardisation.

A joint communique was also signed on voluntary international cooperation to combat illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing and to promote sustainable fisheries governance.

This is the first presidential visit from Indonesia to India in nearly six years since the visit of then President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in January 2011.

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