Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, flies kites with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

Indonesia, India upgrade ties with 15 agreements

May 30, 2018 - 4:49 am

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia and India have agreed to upgrade their relations by signing more than a dozen agreements on a broad range of areas including defense, maritime affairs, trade and investment.

After meeting Wednesday with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says they agreed to make the two economies open and hope a comprehensive economic partnership can be completed this year.

The 15 agreements include cooperation in defense, exploration and use of outer space, science and technology, capacity building of public officials, dialogue and interaction between governments and think tanks as well as in health and railways.

A joint statement issued after the meeting says the two leaders held extensive talks on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.

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