India seeks ratification of extradition pact from Indonesia
Yudhoyono and Singh identified five specific sectors to deepen the bilateral Strategic Partnership – political, security, economic, people-to-people and international issues
Jakarta: India pressed Indonesia to speedily ratification an extradition treaty, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying the two countries would frame a comprehensive action plan for mutually beneficial security cooperation, here today.
“I requested early ratification by Indonesia of the Extradition Treaty and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty,” Singh said after talks here with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
As part of efforts to intensify political exchanges and to implement bilateral initiatives, the two leaders had directed officials to “evolve a comprehensive action plan for meaningful and mutually beneficial security cooperation.”
The two sides resolved to boost cooperation in combating terrorism, terrorist financing, arms smuggling, organized crime, money laundering, drug and human trafficking, counterfeiting and cyber crime.
“The leaders agreed to enhance liaison between intelligence and law enforcement agencies of both countries and to provide each other with assistance to fight terror and organized crime,” a joint statement said.
They also directed relevant agencies to launch a dialogue on cyber security issues. Memorandums of Understanding on co-operation in disaster management and combating narcotics trafficking signed today would give “more substance to our growing security cooperation”, Singh said.
Singh, who arrived in Jakarta yesterday after attending the ASEAN summit in Brunei, described Indonesia as “one of India’s most valued partners in our Look East Policy”.
Yudhoyono and Singh identified five specific sectors to deepen the bilateral Strategic Partnership – political, security, economic, people-to-people and international issues.
The two leaders agreed to further strengthen and broaden “already robust defense cooperation” as India and Indonesia have a common interest in regional peace and security.
Expressing satisfaction at the commencement of the Defense Ministers’ Dialogue and regular meetings of the Joint Defense Cooperation Committee and Staff Talks between their armies and navies, the two sides agreed to enhance exchanges between their air forces, including the launch of Staff Talks.
They also agreed to continue sharing information and intelligence and to increase the frequency of exchanges, training and joint exercises, including among Special Forces and agreed to strengthen space cooperation.
They further decided to explore collaboration in sale and co-production of defense equipment, mutually agreed defense related research activities and training and capacity building cooperation.
In the field of maritime security, the two sides agreed to collaborate on capacity building and to hold joint exercises. They further agreed to enhance cooperation and capacity building in hydrography, joint surveys, and maritime domain awareness.
“As maritime neighbors along one of the most critical sea links in the world, we also have shared interests in maritime security,” Singh said.
Singh referred to the fourfold growth in bilateral trade in the past seven years and said he had emphasized to the Indonesian side that measures to increase trade and encourage investments, besides early conclusion of a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement, would expand and diversify economic relations.
Bilateral trade currently stands at USD 20 billion a year. The two leaders expressed satisfaction at the growing trade and investment ties and expressed confidence the two sides would achieve the trade target of USD 25 billion by 2015.
The leaders also directed officials to launch negotiations on the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement to build on the ASEAN-India FTA by bringing more depth and coverage.
“We agreed that improved connectivity, early implementation of India-ASEAN Free Trade Agreement in Services and Investment and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership would be important in this regard,” Singh said.
Singh offered to assist the Indonesian government in setting up a vocational training centre in Papua after the success of those established in Jakarta and Banda Aceh.
“We have also decided to establish Chairs of Indian and Indonesian Studies in each other’s universities and further expand our program of scholarships, facilitate linkages among educational institutions and encourage partnerships in training and research,” Singh said. He conveyed to Yudhoyono India’s appreciation for Indonesia’s support for the evolution of the country’s Strategic Partnership with ASEAN.