India-Indonesia sign three key agreements

India and Indonesia have signed three agreements in fields of sports, stopping illegal fishing and standardisation during the two-day visit of Indonesia President Joko Widodo to India. Both the countries have agreed to cooperate in maritime security to ensure the safety of the sea. The visit of Indonesian President is the first since former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s trip to India in 2011.

Outcomes

The three key agreements which got signed are:

  • MoU on Youth Affairs and Sports
  • MoU on Standards
  • Joint Communique on Ilegal and Unauthorised Fishing

Both the countries have agreed to commence:

  • A Strategic Dialogue
  • A Security Dialogue
  • Agreed to negotiate a new Comprehensive Defence Cooperation Agreement

The following mechanisms were agreed within the first six months of 2017:

  • Joint Ministerial Commission
  • Defence Ministers Dialogue and Joint Defence Cooperation Committee
  • Biennial Trade Ministers Forum
  • Energy Forum at Ministerial level

The First Meeting of the Bilateral CEO’s Forum from both sides made recommendations to the Leaders of both the countries. The India-Indonesia Eminent Persons Group presented its report and the Vision 2025 document on bilateral relations for 2025 and beyond.

India and Indonesia enjoy close cultural ties. Since 2005, Indonesia is an important strategic partner of India and is the largest direct trade partner in the ASEAN.

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