Jakarta, May 30: In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s bilateral visit to Indonesia, countering terrorism emerged as a key common challenge in the comprehensive strategic partnership. Both nations committed themselves to explore the new understanding of the rise of the religious identities, the dynamic of pluralism and to eradicate radicalism, terrorism and violent extremism. The two leaders reiterated their strong condemnation of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations including cross-border terrorism.

Both nations also committed themselves to bringing to justice the perpetrators of heinous acts of terror.

In the context of Pakistan, the declaration becomes all the more important as Comprehensive Strategic Partnership envisages disruption of terror networks and their finance channels with the halting of cross-border movement of terrorists from terror organisations.

Both Narendra Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo also called for expeditious finalization and adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in order to strengthen the existing International counter-terrorism legal framework.

To this effect, both India and Indonesia have also agreed to organize an inter-faith dialogue. Both the nations agreed to organize an interfaith dialogue in Indonesia in early October 2018, which will be followed by a similar dialogue in India next year. Indonesia is the largest ASEAN country with the largest Muslim population in the world. India too has a large Muslim minority in India. Coming together of both the nations help India isolate Pakistan on world forums on the issue of terrorism.

To cement this bond both countries will commemorate 70 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between both the countries. India and Indonesia through this bilateral have elevated their association from Strategic Partnership to Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. Both nations have also committed themselves to notch up trading between them to 50 billion US dollars by 2025.  CII too will also open its branch in Jakarta as part of larger comprehensive understanding.

Both nations committed themselves to build connectivity and encourage people to people contact. The leaders also welcome the plan to build connectivity between Andaman Nicobar-Aceh to unleash economic potentials of both areas.

Special emphasis was also laid on cultural connection and importance of tourism for both the countries.

Both India and Indonesia also reiterated their commitment to rule-based system in the Indo-Pacific region which is reeling under Chinese military build-up. The document also outlined the concept freedom of navigation in the area.

(With inputs from Kartikeya Sharma)