Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj had a meeting with Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dato Paduka Lim Jock Hoi in Jakarta on January 6 as part of her visit to Indonesia, spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar twittered.
Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj (R) and
Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Dato
Paduka Lim Jock Hoi (Photo: rediff.com)
The meeting took place in the context that India is scaling up efforts to
enhance cooperation with the region in accordance with its "Act East”
Kumar also said that on the threshold of the summit commemorating the 25th
anniversary of India-ASEAN Dialogue Partnership, Swaraj inaugurated the fifth
Round Table of ASEAN-Indian Network of Think-Tank.
On January 5, Swaraj held talks with her Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi
to review relations between India and Indonesia.
The two sides agreed to intensify consultation and cooperation in maritime
issues, including the United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea
(UNCLOS), aiming to increase law enforcement and ensure navigation
India-Indonesia trade grew from 4.3 billion USD in 2005-2006 to 17 billion USD
Following Indonesia, Swarai on January 6 began her visit to Singapore. Her trip
to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore forms part of India’s efforts to hold
bilateral meetings in various areas with Southeast Asian nations within the
framework of the "Act East” policy.
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