India, Indonesia ink pacts on new and renewable energy, cultural exchange

Jakarta, Nov. 2 : India and Indonesia have signed two agreements on new and renewable sources of energy and cultural exchange.

The agreements were signed in the presence of Vice President M. Hamid Ansari and his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kala after their talks in Jakarta.

Addressing the media after the bilateral talks, Vice President Ansari said both sides held discussions on a range of issues, including expanding cooperation in defence, counter terrorism and trade.

Describing Indonesia as a strategic partner, he said both countries are embarking upon a phase of rapid economic progress.

The MoU on New and Renewable Energy sector was signed between Indonesian Water Resources and Mineral Minister and Indian ambassador to Indonesia Gurjit Singh.

“The cooperation is important as both India and Indonesia have committed themselves to reduce carbon emissions by 35 percent and 29 percent respectively by 2030,” Vice President Ansari said.

“We celebrate our shared cultural links and today we signed a MoU for Cooperation in Cultural field. We also thank the Government of Indonesia for supporting us in organizing ‘Sahabat India – The Festival of India in Indonesia’ earlier this year,” he added. (ANI)