?The Second Indonesia – India Foreign Office
Consultation (FOC II) took place on December 15-17th at the Ministry
of External Affairs, New Delhi.
Indonesian delegation was led by the Director of South and Central Asia,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and consisted of representatives from Ministry of
Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Research, Technology and
Higher Education, Indonesian National Police, as well as The Embassy of the
Republic of Indonesia in New Delhi, and Indonesian Consulate General in Mumbai.
Indian delegation was led by Joint Secretary (South), Ministry of External Affairs,
and consisted of representatives from Ministry of External Affairs, Home
Affairs, Defence, Commerce and Industry, Coal, Science and Technology, Higher
Education, Department of Space, as well as The Embassy of the Republic of India
During the FOC, both
countries, Indonesia and India, reviewed the development of bilateral
relationships between the two in various sectors, paying particular attention
to follow-ups of the bilateral agreements on previous meetings: Summary Record
of First FOC on June 17th 2013, Joint Statement from both Head of State on
October 11th 2013, and meeting of Indonesian President with Indian Prime
Minister on November 13th 2014. Some
main issues discussed are cooperation in political, defence, trade and
investment, science and technology, culture, as well as regional and
multilateral issues, which are in both countries’ interest.
Moreover, Indonesian delegation also held
separate meetings with relevant counterparts in India such as Secretary of East
and Chief of Protocol, Ministry of External Affairs, as well as Central Bureau
of Investigation in order to discuss issues regarding bilateral cooperation
between Indonesia and India, cyber security, and visa.
meeting had succeeded in identifying impediments and agreeing concrete measures
to increase cooperation between the two countries. Indonesian delegates hope
that the FOC meeting will be able to improve cooperation between Indonesia and
India in various sectors, follow up existing programs, and act as consultation forum
in order to prepare for Joint Committee Meeting as well as meeting between Head
of States in 2015.