Prime Minister Modi meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the ASEAN summit

BANGKOK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Sunday he held talks with the Indonesian president during which the two leaders decided to work closely to face the threats of terrorism and extremism.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Thailand.

Noting that India and Indonesia They are close sea neighbors, both leaders reiterated their commitment to work together for peace, security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, the foreign affairs ministry said.

Modi congratulated Widodo on the start of his second term as the President of Indonesia and conveyed that as the world's two largest democratic and plural societies, India was committed to work with Indonesia to strengthen ties in the areas of defense, security, connectivity, trade and investment, the MEA said in a statement.

Prime Minister Modi held a prospective discussion on improving bilateral trade and stressed the need for greater market access for Indian products, including pharmaceutical, automotive and agricultural products, he said.

While noting that Indian companies have made substantial investment in Indonesia, prime minister Modi invited Indonesia n companies to use the opportunities presented in India for investment, the statement said.

Prime Minister Modi invited President Jokowi to visit India at a mutually convenient time next year, he said.

India attaches high priority to its bilateral relationship with Indonesia, with which we share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, it added.

This year, India and Indonesia are also commemorating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.