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Jakarta Post

India wants to build broad-based ties with RI: FM

  • Veeramalla Anjaiah

    The Jakarta Post

New Delhi   /   Mon, February 8 2010   /  11:01 am

India and Indonesia are the biggest democracies in Asia and have enjoyed historical economic and cultural links for more than a thousand years. Both countries now have new foreign ministers. India’s new Minister of External Affairs S.M. Krishna, a Fulbright scholar and a veteran politician, gave a written interview to The Jakarta Post’s Veeramalla Anjaiah recently in New Delhi where he talked about the growing strategic ties between India and Indonesia. The following are excerpts of the interview.   Question: What, according to you, could be the most inspiring factor that has kept both countries’ relationship not only stable but has made it stronger today?  
 Answer: India has enjoyed civil and trade relations with countries of Southeast Asia, in general, and Indonesia, in particular, for nearly 2 millennia. These relations have been further consolidated unde...