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Jakarta Post

Indonesia, India to step up connectivity cooperation

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 5, 2019   /  07:34 pm
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Close ties: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (left) shakes hands with Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta during Modi’s state visit to Indonesia on May 30, 2018. (Courtesy of Indian Embassy/.)

Indonesia and India have agreed to improve connectivity between Aceh and the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, underlining their commitment to strengthen cooperation under the Indo-Pacific concept. India’s minister for external affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, was in Jakarta on Thursday to meet his Indonesian counterpart, Retno Marsudi, on the occasion of which they discussed bilateral and regional issues, including connectivity between India’s Andaman and Nicobar and Indonesia’s Sabang Island in Aceh. Sabang is located about 166 kilometers from the southeastern-most tip of India’s union territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, which is positioned near the Strait of Malacca, a shipping channel for global trade that also connects the eastern part of the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea. “Indonesia is ready to take part in the development of infra...