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India, Indonesia to cooperate on security issues
 JAKARTA, Oct 11 – India and Indonesia on Friday signed six MoUs, with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declaring that directions have been issued to prepare a concrete proposal for cooperation between the countries in the field of counter terrorism and food security.

On the second leg of his two-nation tour, the Prime Minister on Friday held bilateral discussions with President Yudhoyono accompanied by Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma and External Affairs Minister, Salman Khursid and top officials. The discussions culminated in signing of six MoUs including those on combating corruption, narcotics control and money laundering, joint promotion and development in field of medicine and health, exchange of information, training and capacity building among others.

“Indonesia is one of India’s most valued partners in our Look East Policy. Our bilateral relations are rich in potential and growing rapidly. As two large democracies and major emerging economies, we have many convergent interests and responsibilities in bilateral, regional and global forums. As maritime neighbours along one of the most critical sea links in the world, we also have shared interests in maritime security,” Dr Singh said.

“President Yudhoyono and I have agreed to deepen our partnership in each of the five major dimensions of our relationship: political, security, economic, people-to-people and international issues.”

Recalling the President’s suggestion at the ASEAN Summit for cooperation in the fields of food security and counter-terrorism, the Prime Minister announced that he has directed the officials to work towards concrete proposals.

The joint statement signed at the end of the deliberation said that the two countries agreed to hold the Joint Commission Meeting on an annual basis. They directed the two Foreign Ministries to continue to hold regular consultations on bilateral, regional, multilateral and international issues and to coordinate cooperation activities. The leaders noted that the sectoral Joint Working Groups on Education, Tourism, Coal, Oil and Gas, Agriculture, Counter Terrorism and Science & Technology were functioning well and had come up with concrete outcomes.

The leaders noted that the completion of ratification procedure of the Extradition Treaty and Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters signed between the two countries in 2011 would strengthen juridical cooperation. The two sides shall explore the possibility to establish cooperation on the issue of transfer of sentenced persons.

Recognizing the common threats to national security from global terrorism and other trans-national crimes, the leaders resolved to significantly enhance bilateral cooperation in combating terrorism, terrorist financing, money laundering, arms smuggling, trafficking in human beings, and cyber crime. They reiterated the shared commitment to enhance liaison between the intelligence and law enforcement agencies of both countries and to provide each other with assistance, where needed, to fight these menaces. India and Indonesia today signed the MoU on Combating Illicit Trafficking in Narcotics, Drugs, Psychotropic Substances and its Precursors. They directed relevant Agencies from both sides to launch a dialogue on cyber security issues.

The two leaders directed officials to work towards a comprehensive action plan on security cooperation, the joint statement said.

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