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Statement by India and Indonesia on Maritime Cooperation

December 12, 2016

During his State Visit to India on 12-13 December 2016, President of Indonesia H.E. Mr. Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, discussed Maritime Cooperation between the two countries.

Both leaders affirmed that India and Indonesia are maritime neighbours whose relations are rooted in civilizational contacts developed through the seas and who share similar perceptions of the evolving maritime environment in the region and the world at large.

Both leaders recognized their shared commitment to democracy, pluralistic society, human rights and the rule of law;

Both leaders affirmed their deep respect for each other’s contribution to promoting peace, stability and development in the Indian and Pacific Oceans and beyond;

Both leaders committed to maintaining a maritime legal order based on the principles of international law, as reflected notably in the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS)

Both leaders recognized that India and Indonesia share common interests in ensuring maritime security and the safety of sea lines of communication. Both leaders recognized the importance of freedom of navigation and overflight on the high seas, unimpeded lawful commerce, as well as resolving maritime disputes by peaceful means, in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law including the UNCLOS.

Both Leaders affirmed the need to combat, prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fishing. Both Leaders recognized transnational organized fisheries crime as one of the emerging crimes, which has become an ever-growing threat to the world.

Both Leaders agreed to conclude a Memorandum of Understanding on Maritime Cooperation between Indonesia and India in order to further strengthen and accelerate maritime cooperation inter alia in maritime safety and security, and promotion of maritime industries, as one of the important pillars towards enhancing the bilateral relationship.

December 12, 2016

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