G7 Summit: Prime Minister Modi meets with Indonesian President and discusses comprehensive strategic partnership

On the sidelines of the G7 summit on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo to strengthen the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries. “Prime Minister @narendramodi and President @jokowi had a productive meeting. Their talks will enhance the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Indonesia,” the Prime Minister’s Office said today.

“The two leaders also discussed ways to strengthen connectivity and business ties,” he added. Indonesia is the first country with which India has adopted a shared vision of maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific.

A comprehensive strategic partnership was established in May 2018 during Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Indonesia. President Widodo was among the chief guests invited for India’s Republic Day celebrations in Delhi in 2018. The two leaders last met on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Rome in 2021. Indonesia is the India’s second largest trading partner in the ASEAN region. Bilateral trade of over $26 billion between 2020 and 2021. India and Indonesia also share cultural civilizational ties.

The 9th century Borobudur Buddhist Temple and the Prambanan Shiva Temple are examples of shared cultural heritage. The Ramayana and the Mahabharata are the main sources of inspiration for Indonesian folk art. About 8,500 Indians in Indonesia worked in skilled professions like chartered accountants, software professionals, teachers, engineers.

Prime Minister Modi is attending this year’s summit which is being held under the German Presidency. India is one of the five partner countries invited to participate in the G7 summit. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomed the Prime Minister to Schloss Elmau today, ahead of the G7 summit. Before the start of the second day of the G7 summit, leaders of member and partner countries gathered for a group photo.

Besides Biden, Prime Minister Modi was seen interacting with the group’s top leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prime Minister Modi was also seen one-on-one with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“Friendship at the highest level: President @EmmanuelMacron and Prime Minister @narendramodi at a crucial #G7 summit for collective decisions on global challenges and global stability”, tweeted the French ambassador in India Emmanuel Lenain. On the second day of the Elmau summit, the main objective of the G7 Heads of State and Government will be to continue to support Ukraine. On Sunday, the Chancellor welcomed the G7 Heads of State and Government to the summit under the German Presidency. Economically strong democracies meet for three days at Elmau Castle. “We are united by our worldview. We are also united by our belief in democracy and the rule of law,” Chancellor Scholz said at the start of the summit. This will play a major role in the deliberations.

During a first working session on Sunday, the heads of state and government of the G7 debated global economic issues. All of the G7 countries are concerned about the crises that currently need to be overcome: falling growth rates in some countries, rising inflation, shortages of raw materials and disruption of supply chains. These are no small challenges and so it is important to share responsibility, Scholz said. “The G7 is a good community to develop common responses to the challenges of our time. It is important that we act decisively and also as a unit. The two go together,” said the Chancellor. Prime Minister Modi arrived in Munich on Sunday to attend the G7 Summit. Apart from the G7 event, Prime Minister Modi will hold bilateral meetings with the leaders of some of the participating countries on the sidelines of the summit.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Modi addressed and interacted with the Indian community in Germany at the Audi Dome in Munich. Thousands of members of Germany’s vibrant Indian community participated in the event. (ANI)

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