Press Release issued by the Ministry of External Affairs on
State visit of President of Indonesia to India
H.E. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia is on a state visit to India from 12-13 December, 2016 at the invitation of Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi.
This is the first visit of President Joko Widodo to India after assuming power in October 2014.
President Jokowi is accompanied by his spouse, MrsIriana Widodo, as many as seven Cabinet Ministers, senior officials and a 22-member very high level Business delegation from Indonesia.
The visiting dignitary inspected a Guard of Honour at RashtrapatiBhavan in the morning of 12 December and also lay a wreath at the Samadhi of Mahatma Gandhi.
The Indonesian President met the Prime Minister and held delegation level talks on 12 December. The Prime Minister hosted a lunch in honour of the visiting Indonesian President and his delegation.
Vice President Shri M. Hamid Ansari called on President Joko Widodo in the afternoon. Rastrapatiji held talks with President Widodo and hosted a Banquet for the visiting President and his delegation.
The CEO’s forum between the two countries met earlier in the day and are to present their report to President Widodo on boosting trade and investment relations. A cross section of Indian Business Leaders especially in pharma, IT and infrastructure areas will meet the visiting President tomorrow.
Leaders of both countries had earlier mandated the setting up of an Eminent Persons Group to draw up a Vision Document 2025 to serve as a blueprint for our bilateral relations. After three sittings during 2016, the report is now ready and was released on the occasion of the visit by Foreign Minister RetnoMarsudi and MoS Shri M. J. Akbar. It covers the five areas of
Strategic Engagement,Defence and Security Cooperation, Comprehensive Economic Partnership, Cultural and People to People Links and Cooperation in Responding to Common Challenges.
There have been as many as ten Heads of State/Government visits both ways since February 2000, which is testimony to the intensification of the bilateral engagement and the recognition of its future potential.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met President Joko Widodo of Indonesia earlier in Nay Pyi Taw on 13 November 2014 on the sidelines of 25th ASEAN summit during which an invitation was extended to President Widodo to visit India. They also had the occasion to review the entire gamut of bilateral relations during that meeting.
India and Indonesia enjoy a long standing shared historical affinity and close cultural ties. Indonesia is a strategic partner of India since 2005 and an important trade partner in ASEAN.
Indonesia is our largest direct trade partner in the ASEAN (about US$ 16 billion two way trade) as also a major target for outward investment (about US$ 15 billion).
The visit of the President of Indonesia to India provides an opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen bilateral relations including commercial, investment and strategic ties. It will also strengthen our pursuit of a closer and enduring partnership with a close maritime neighbour, a pluralistic, democratic nation with which we have much in common civilisationally, in the present global context and most certainly in the future.
A strong multi-dimensional relationship with Indonesia is a vital element of India’s Act East policy.
i). Both countries signed three agreements:
- MoU on Youth Affairs and Sports
- MoU on Standards
- Joint Communique on Ilegal and Unauthorised Fishing
- A detailed Joint Statement
- A Statement on Maritime Cooperation which mandates both sides to draw up an MoU for cooperation in this area
iii) Agreed to Annual Meetings of the Leaders
iv) Agreed to commence
- A Strategic Dialogue
- A Security Dialogue
v) Agreed to negotiate a new Comprehensive Defence Cooperation Agreement
vi) Agreed that the following mechanisms will meet 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
v) The First Meeting of the Bilateral CEO’s Forum comprising about 40 CEOs of top corporates from both sides met during the occasion and made recommendations to the two Leaders.
vi) The India-Indonesia Eminent Persons Group which had met three times earlier this year presented its report and the Vision 2025 document on bilateral relations for 2025 and beyond.
vii) First direct flight between the two countries was flagged of in the morning. Garuda Indonesia launched its flight from Jakarta to Mumbai.
December 12, 2016
H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia inspects the Guard of Honour at Ceremonial Reception in New Delhi
H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia with H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India at Hyderabad House in New Delhi
H.E. Mr.Pranab Mukherjee, President of India meets H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia at RashtrapatiBhawan in New Delhi
H.E. M. Hamid Ansari, Vice President of India calls on H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia in New Delhi
H.E. Mr. MJ Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs and H.E. Ms. RetnoMarsudi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia receive India Indonesia Eminent Persons Group Report in New Delhi