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India, Indonesia add new vigour to their strategic engagement


India and Indonesia on Monday decided to strengthen their defence and maritime security relations and resolved to address the issue of terrorism.

The two sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations in the strongest terms, emphasizing zero tolerance for acts of terror.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the visiting Indonesian President Joko Widodo held delegation level talks in the national Capital and called upon all countries to implement the UNSC Resolution and other relevant resolutions.

They also called upon all countries to work towards eliminating terrorist safe havens and infrastructure, in disrupting terrorist networks and financing channels, and stopping cross-border terrorism. The two leaders during their talks agreed to build a strong economic and development partnership to strengthen the flow of trade, capital and people between the two countries.

In a statement, Mr Modi expressed confidence that Monday's discussions and the agreements will help add new vigour to the strategic engagement.

Earlier the two countries signed three agreements in various areas including youth affairs and sports, fishing and standardization to enhance strategic partnership.

Prime Minister said, he and Mr Widodo also agreed to prioritize defense and security cooperation to ensure safety and security of sea lanes, disaster response and environmental protection.

Mr Modi said, the partnership between the two countries will also be increased for combating terrorism, organized crime, drugs and human trafficking.

The two countries agreed for an early implementation of India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in Services and investment, and finalization of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Indonesian President said his visit will strengthen trade and economic relations between the two countries. To improve direct connectivity Indonesian airlines Garuda is commencing direct flights from Jakarta to Mumbai.

Later in a joint statement, both India and Indonesia emphasised the importance of pluralism, democracy, and rule of law as important values to achieve peaceful co-existence. They also agreed to have annual Summit meetings, including on the margins of multilateral events.

The two leaders recognized that access to reliable, clean and affordable energy is important for economic growth of both the countries. Recognizing the popularity and affect of films on the youth and in tourism promotion, the two sides agreed to finalize an agreement for cooperation in the film industry.

In the morning on Monday, Mr. Widodo was accorded ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. He arrived in New Delhi for a two-day visit to India on Sunday night. President Widodo is accompanied by a high level delegation including several cabinet ministers, senior officials and a 22 member business delegation."

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