India, Indonesia are 90 nautical miles close, Modi tells Indian diaspora on sidelines of G20

The Prime Minister met top world leaders Tuesday, including Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the G20 leaders' summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on 15 November | Dita Alangkara/Pool via Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the G20 leaders' summit in Nusa Dua, Bali, on 15 November | Dita Alangkara/Pool via Reuters

New Delhi: India and Indonesia are not 90 nautical miles apart, but 90 nautical miles close, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told a gathering of Indians Tuesday on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.

The relations between the two nations have stood strong during both good and bad times, Modi said. “In 2018, when Indonesia was affected by an earthquake, we immediately started operation Samudra Maitri. That year, when I came to Jakarta, I had said that India and Indonesia may be 90 nautical miles apart, but in reality, we are 90 nautical miles miles close.”

The Prime Minister also pointed out the similarities between the two nation’s colonial past. “A few months ago, on 15 August, India celebrated 75 years of Independence. Indonesia’s Independence Day is two days later — on 17 August. But Indonesia was fortunate to attain independence two years before India. There is a lot that India can learn from Indonesia,” he added.

The Prime Minister stressed on the trade between two countries – that have existed for centuries. “As I speak to you in Bali and we sing songs of Indonesian traditions, 1,500 kilometres here in India’s Cuttack, a Bali Yatra Mahotsav is going on. This Mahotsav celebrates thousands of years of India-Indonesia trade relations,” he told his audience.

Modi, who is in Bali to participate in the Food and Energy Security Session at the 17th G20 Leaders Summit, met top leaders Tuesday, including Joe Biden, Rishi Sunak and Emmanuel Macron.

The foreign ministry said Biden and Modi “appreciated continuing deepening of strategic partnership & close cooperation in groups like the Quad”.

During the summit, PM Modi will hold extensive discussions with other G20 leaders on issues of global concern, including reviving growth, food and energy security, environment, health, and digital transformation.

In the statement, the Prime Minister said he would speak about India’s achievements and the nation’s “unwavering commitment” to addressing global challenges at the G20 summit

India will officially assume the G20 Presidency from 1 December, 2022.

“India’s G20 Presidency will be grounded in the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘One Earth One Family One Future’, which underlines the message of equitable growth and shared future for all,” the statement read.


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