Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Indonesia, marking the commencement of a significant diplomatic visit to attend the 18th East Asia Summit and the 20th ASEAN-Indian Summit. The Prime Minister’s arrival at Jakarta International Airport was greeted with a ceremonial welcome, setting the stage for a series of important engagements.
Upon his arrival, Prime Minister Modi was received by I. Gusti Ayu Bintang Darmawati, Minister for Women Empowerment and Child Protection. The ceremonial welcome was a momentous occasion, complete with a captivating Indonesian cultural dance performance.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) official spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, shared the early morning event on social media, highlighting the Prime Minister’s tight schedule for the day. Despite the brevity of his stay in Jakarta, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit is packed with significant activities.
His visit includes participation in the 20th ASEAN-India Summit and the 18th East Asia Summit, both of which hold strategic importance for regional cooperation and development. The Prime Minister’s social media post expressed his enthusiasm for these events and their focus on critical areas like healthcare, the environment, and digital innovations.
In his departure statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the significance of India’s engagement with the ASEAN group, referring to it as an essential pillar of India’s ‘Act East Policy.’ He acknowledged the injection of new dynamism into India’s ties with ASEAN through the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership established last year.
The Prime Minister also highlighted the importance of the East Asia Summit as a forum for addressing global challenges, including food and energy security, environmental concerns, healthcare, and digital transformation. He expressed his eagerness to collaborate with other East Asia Summit leaders to collectively address these pressing global issues.
The visit to Indonesia is taking place at the invitation of Indonesian President Joko Widodo, underscoring the strong bilateral ties between the two nations. Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Indonesia is a reflection of India’s commitment to enhancing its engagement with the ASEAN region and East Asia.
As Prime Minister Modi embarks on this diplomatic mission, India anticipates meaningful discussions, strengthened partnerships, and collaborative efforts to address global challenges, further solidifying India’s presence on the world stage.
The Prime Minister will return to New Delhi on Thursday evening, just ahead of the G20 Summit, scheduled for September 9 and 10. These summits represent a significant opportunity for India to contribute to global discussions and work alongside other major economies to address pressing global issues.