JOINT COMMISSION MEETING (JCM)
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India and Indonesia resolved to strengthen cooperation during talks between External Affairs Minister of two countries.
- The External Affarirs Minister of India and Indonesia were met at the 6th India-Indonesia Joint Commission Meeting (JCM).
- Participants: from the side of Indian country – S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister and from his counterpart Retno Marsudi who was here on a two-day visit to attend Indian Ocean Dialogue and Delhi Dialogue X1.
- During the meeting the ministers were reviewed entire gamut of ties between the two countries.
- The leaders were reviewed and resolved to strengthen the cooperation in few areas.
- Key areas: The issues were resolved in the areas of defence and security, connectivity and trade, investment and people-to-people exchanges.
- As key partners in the Indo-Pacific, both sides called for “greater synergy” in the region, guided by the shared vision on maritime cooperation.
- The two sides emphasised the need to hold regular meetings of existing bilateral institutional mechanisms, including in areas of trade, energy, defence, security and counter-terrorism.
- This year, India and Indonesia are also commemorating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.
Data to know:
- Samudra Shakti – The bilateral Naval exercise between the Navies of India and Indonesia was conducted in the month of November 2019 in Bay of Bengal region.
- Leaders meet – PM Modi on the side-lines of 35th ASEAN summit and 14th East Asia Summit, met the President of Indonesia H.E. Joko Widodo and the Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-Cha (Gen (retd)).
- Location: Sabang port is in Sumatra island of Indonesia at the mouth of the strategically important Strait of Malacca.
- Sabang is only 100 nautical miles from the southern tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
- Sabang, with its naval base, naval air station, and maintenance and repair facilities.
- Both countries value the key sea lines of communication (SLOCs) that connect the Indian Ocean to the Pacific.
- The strategically important Straits of Malacca, Lombok, and Sunda fall under the Indian Navy’s primary area of interest, and access to Indonesian naval bases such as Sabang will significantly enhance the Indian Navy’s ability to maintain a forward presence and monitor movements in the Straits of Malacca.
- In a first, Indian ship INS Sumitraberthed at Sabang Port close to the Malacca Strait for operational turnaround.
- The territorial dispute between China and Indonesia in the Natuna Sea is an issue.
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