India-Indonesia Current Affairs - 2019

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Samudra Shakti: India- Indonesian Joint Naval exercise

The Navies of India and Indonesia are holding bilateral naval exercise called ‘Samudra Shakti’ in Bay of Bengal on 6-7 November 2019. This year is the second edition of India, Indonesia Bilateral Naval Exercise. The inaugural edition of exercise was held at the port of Surabaya, Indonesia in November 2018.

About Ex- Samudra Shakti

Objective: To strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices between the Navies of India and Indonesia.

Participants: As part of exercise INS Kamorta, India’s anti-submarine warfare corvette, is jointly exercising with Indonesian warship KRI Usman Harun, a multi-role corvette. The joint exercise also include- weapon firing drills, manoeuvres, air defense exercises, surface warfare exercises, helicopter operations and boarding operations.

The harbor phase of exercise was conducted on 4-5 November at Visakhapatnam. It included professional interactions in form of Subject Matter Expert Exchanges (SMEE), simulator drills, cross deck visits, sports fixtures, social interactions and planning conferences.

PM Modi meets Indonesian President and Thailand PM

PM Modi on the sidelines 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)).

Highlights of the meetings: Indonesia President

  • The leaders discussed the threat to extremism and terrorism and agreed to work closely. The meeting on terrorism is important for India’s interests in the Indo-Pacific region.
  • Also, they discussed on trade, investment and connectivity and Indo-Pacific
  • India has asked for greater market access in the region in the fields of pharmaceuticals, agricultural products and automotive.
  • The meeting also gains its importance as India and Indonesia are celebrating their 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. The countries are close maritime neighbors having historical and cultural linkages. Also India’s ‘Act East Policy’ is complimented by Indonesia’s ‘Look West’ policy.

Highlights of the meetings: Thailand PM

  • The leaders welcomed the 20% increase in the bilateral trade between the countries
  • They agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in defence industries sector
  • PM Modi discussed ways to enhance connectivity between the two countries in the areas of digital connectivity and physical connectivity.
  • India and Thailand are close maritime neighbors. India’s Act East Policy is complimented by the Thailand’s Look West Policy as that of Indonesia.