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India and Indonesia Have Agreed To Set Up Task Force To Enhance Connectivity Between Andaman And Sabang

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today began his Indonesia visit by paying homage to martyrs of Indonesian independence struggle as he laid a wreath at the Kalibata National Heroes’ Cemetery in Jakarta.

PM Modi is on three-nation visit to Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. India and Indonesia on Wednesday agreed to take steps to enhance their defence cooperation in line with their existing bilateral strategic partnership.

The joint statement further reaffirmed commitment in the field of defence with the signing of a Defence Cooperation Agreement (DCA) between two countries.

Indonesia and India agreed that there are considerable potentials for expanding trade and services in various areas.

India and Indonesia have agreed to set up a special task force to enhance connectivity between the strategic Andaman and Nicobar Islands and provinces in Sumatera Island to promote trade, tourism and people-to-people contacts.

India, Indonesia agree to nearly triple bilateral trade to $50 billion. India and Indonesia signed 15 agreements in the fields of defence, science and technological cooperation, railways and health.

In a joint statement, the leaders stressed on the need for “free, open, transparent, rule-based, peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.”

In mid-May Indonesia agreed to give India access to the strategic island of Sabang, close to the Malacca Strait; India is planning investment in the Sabang port area and sabang also known as Weh island which is located 710 km Southeast of the Andaman Island.

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