India, Indonesia conclude pacts on energy, culture exchange

Jakarta (Indonesia), Nov. 2 (ANI): Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (East) Anil Wadhwa on Monday said India and Indonesia have signed an MoU in cooperation in new and Renewable Energy sector, which is important because both the nations have committed themselves to reduce carbon emission by 35 and 29 percent by 2030.

Another MoU was signed in the field of cultural exchange.

“We tried to discussed how to diversify and increase our bilateral trade and encourage investments in each other’s countries to the private sectors, for which we are working to provide a contemporary framework,” said Wadhwa.

“We also discussed the possibilities of expanding our cooperation in defence and counterterrorism through intensification of existing mechanism and shared similar position on several global and regional issues, including maritime security,” he added.

“We previewed our engagement within ASEAN with ASEAN member states as a part of our Act East Policy, and also lent our support for chairmanship of Indonesia for the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA),” said Wadhwa.

Vice President M. Hamid Ansari, who is on a five-day two nation visit, also addressed a joint press conference with his counterpart Jusuf Kala.

The Vice-President said that India and Indonesia are committed to increase bilateral trade and mutual investments as well as expanding cooperation in defence and counterterrorism.

Vice-President Ansari said that the two countries were keen to expand cooperation in the energy sector, including non-conventional energy sector.

Later, the Vice President called on Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

He also met foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and the ruling party Chairperson Megha Sukarnoputri.

The Vice President will leave for Bali on Tuesday. (ANI)

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