Indonesian Foreign Minister encourages ASEAN-India cooperation to intensify

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi has urged increased cooperation between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and India.

During the ASEAN-India Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers held in New Delhi on Thursday (6/16), Retno discussed four cooperation issues.

“First, building together a sustainable and resilient food supply chain for food security or food safety“, Retno said during a press conference by video regarding his working visit to India on Friday.

In this regard, India and ASEAN can work together in the areas of building productive capacity, developing agricultural technology and improving agricultural infrastructure.

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The Indonesian Foreign Minister also offered to strengthen cooperation to support health resilience in the region.

As a global pharmacy, India should work closely with ASEAN to build health resilience in the region.

Furthermore, Retno encouraged ASEAN and India to work together to create stability and peace by building an inclusive, mutually beneficial and mutually trusting Indo-Pacific region architecture.

“Fourth, I stress the importance of tolerance, moderation and cooperation interreligious dialogue. This collaboration is important if we want to bring together our very diverse society,” he said.

The ASEAN-India Special Meeting of Foreign Ministers was organized to commemorate the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-India relations.

India declares 2022 the year of ASEAN-India friendship.

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