New Delhi: PM Modi’s first-ever visit to Indonesia. The PM arrived in the Southeast Asian nation and was accorded a red carpet welcome upon his arrival at the Merdeka Palace, one of the presidential palaces in Indonesia.
The two leaders discussed areas of strategic cooperation and ways to ensure better economic ties and closer cultural relations, besides regional and global issues of mutual interest.
The two countries also signed 15 agreements, including one to boost defence cooperation, and called for freedom of navigation in the strategic Indo-Pacific region.
In a joint press statement after the meeting, PM Modi said India’s Act East Policy and the vision of SAGAR (Security and Growth for all in the Region) matched Mr. Widodo’s Maritime Fulcrum Vision.
PM Modi announced a free 30-day visa for Indonesian citizens and invited the diaspora to travel to their country of origin to experience the ‘New India.’