South Asia and Beyond

“Several Indonesian Interests In Indian Defence Deals, Hope To Close Agreements In Very Near Future”

New Delhi: On ‘Talking Point‘, Ambassador Ina H. Krisnamurthi, Indonesia’s Envoy to India in conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P. Revi. Ambassador Krisnamurthi speaks about the 43rd ASEAN and related Summits in Jakarta from September 5-7, India-Indonesia connectivity, including recently started direct flights, the first ever docking of an Indian submarine INS Sindhukesari in an Indonesian port in February, the port call of the KRI Cut Nyak Dien at Port Blair, Aceh-Andaman & Nicobar links, joint exercises and patrols, the interest Indonesia has for several Indian defence deals with agreements which she “hopes are closed in the very near future”, the completed joint feasibility study on developing the strategically valuable Sabang port and timelines for it, Indonesia’s understanding of the Indo-Pacific, China’s claims over virtually the entire South China Sea and the pushback from countries, the G20 that Indonesia chaired last year and India presides over this year, BRICS and its expansion, why Indonesia is weighing its membership, Indonesia as a leader internationally for moderate Islam, and one area that India and Indonesia compete ferociously in—badminton.

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