On the last day of his three-day visit to Indonesia, Vice President Md. Hamid Ansari strongly pitched for India and Indonesia to work together in international forums like the WTO and the UN to bring more equity into the international order. The Vice President also emphasised that the two countries share similar aspirations in trade and reforms in UN Security Council.
“India and Indonesia have similar aspirations to have an open trading system through global organisations like the WTO. We have also shown a strong commitment, based on the principle of common but differentiated responsibility, as we take up our own role to address issues related to climate change,” VP Ansari said adding that Asia-Pacific region and the world would benefit from greater India-Indonesia cooperation.
Speaking at the lecture jointly organised by the Indian Embassy and Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he said that both India and Indonesia are also together in the search for reforming the UN, particularly the Security Council.
“India believes that the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations is an appropriate occasion for it. The role of the United Nations particularly its Security Council needs to reflect the requirement of developing countries to have a greater say in decision making,” the Vice President said.
“Time is also ripe for our common engagement for bringing greater equity into the international order,” he added further in his address.
Acknowledging that trade and investment between India and Indonesia remains “modest” despite the large size and rapid growth of the two economies, VP Ansari emphasised the need to synergize efforts in the areas of economy and business to correct the sectoral and directional imbalance.
“There is a considerable potential for expanding trade in the areas of automotive components, automobiles, engineering products, IT, pharmaceuticals, bio-technology and healthcare sectors,” he said.
Speaking on the subject of maritime security, the Vice President opined that safety of sea lanes is critical for maritime trade and commerce.
“The evolving situation in the South China Sea demands restraint from all parties. We support collective efforts by ASEAN Member States and China to conclude the Code of Conduct to keep peace and stability in the region,” the Vice President added.
Adding there is tremendous potential for enhancing defence ties between the two countries, he said, “Indonesia has played host to ships of the Indian Navy and the Indian Coast Guard on several occasions in recent years. We are also happy that Indonesian ships are making more frequent visits to the Indian ports.”
On the issue of extremism and terrorism, VP Ansari expressed happiness that both sides have taken some steps to institutionalise cooperation in this area.
(With inputs from the PTI)