Indonesia likely to give India access to deep sort in Sabang
NEW DELHI: Indonesia might give India access to a deep sea port in Sabang, including to its naval vessels. Addressing a Delhi audience here today, Luhut Pandjaitan, maritime affairs minister in the Jokowi go nment, said, “India and Indonesia have started naval drills in 2017, but we can explore doing more between our coast guards. This will become even better when the Sabang sort is established with India. Sabang port has a depth of 40 metres which is good even for submarines.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to Indonesia for a bilateral summit with Joko Widodo in the next couple of weeks. Among his engagements, Modi is expected to announce an Indian hospital in Sambang, which is just over 700km from Andn & Nicobar islands. Luhut said the Jokowi go nment wanted India to invest in an economic zone in that same area, which is not particularly developed. There is speculation that Modi might undertake a sea journey to Sambang to highlight how close Indonesia is to India, but sources say defence and space would be areas of cooperation during Modi’s forthcoming visit.
“Indian coast guard ships now make regular visits to Indonesian ports and emphasize the closeness between the two countries. The Indonesian side has expressed interest in getting commercial investment in the port of Sabang, which is the westernmost point of Indonesia. This port has a deep draft but rudimentary facilities,” said Gurjit Singh, former ambassador to Indonesia.
Questioned about Indonesia’s response to OBOR and ’s decision to station missiles on the disputed Spratlys in the South Sea, Luhut said it was a “sensitive matter”. He said they had raised the issue with the side, but “in a friendly manner.”
Luhut said, “I spoke with my counterpart about the 9-dash line. They don’t deny that Natuna island is ours. But then the 200-mile EEZ is also ours and that goes beyond the line. I ask why they are cming the South Sea. They say they have a historical cm, its part of the sentiment of the mainland, and it was the route taken by the explorer Zheng He. I said if this is true, then, when Krakatoa exploded, Indonesian ash settled around the world including , and we could cm this.” After years of denying they had a problem with ’s cming the seas and territory around, Indonesia renamed its sea the Natuna Sea.
In fact, in a rare admission, the Indonesian minister, considered to be very close to Jokowi, described OBOR as a “ proposal”. “We do not want to be controlled by OBOR. We would like it to link to our maritime policy, of a global maritime fulcrum.” premier was in Jakarta earlier this week pushing OBOR projects with the Jokowi go nment.
“India-Indonesia relations are important for the bnce of power in Asia,” Luhut said.
and this is the result of fogien deplomecy....kepp it up..
Pakis will not like this news
Bad news for congress n good news for Nation..
Alternate to OBOR it is better to go with India.
Rahul Gandhi too has been working hard to boost Indian image in brothels of BANKOK.
This is the reason why PM travelled throughout the whole world to strengthen india''s foreign diplomacy, and some people say that he only travel outside.
Brothers and Sisters of Indonesia
Your eternal trust in us Indians will not be belied
Its always been a cosy relationship
PM Narendra Modi has made more Foreign Policy advances than all of the past 70 years!!!
Thanks to Modi diplomacy !
Modi did in 4 years what Congress couldn''t do in 67 years. India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan pact will be the most formidable pact anywhere in the world. This pact will control Mcca Strait and major sea lanes go through Indian territorial waters. Economically, this pact will have more than half of Asia''s total GDP.
Very nice to know. We need such a strategic sort.
It's very important for India to seize this opportunity fast and make it work early unlike take 10 years for moving files from one bench to other.
Wow!!! This is really great that India and Indonesia coming together again.
hope many in that area, countries allow INDIA to build ports and stations to port INDIAN ships and submarines They will get advantage of security and prection obor is nothing but scheme to keep all countries who agrees be in control
Scamgress is good for two things: Cor ion and Dynasty Right cm !
This is a very positive and encouraging event for our country and Modiji is responsible for this development by exploring such new socio-economic ZONE around our neighbours. Pkpatra
A good foreign policy initiative by Pm Modi. Why wasn''t Congress able to to the same in 70 years of go nment? Proves that Congress had no interest in the nation at all!
Hats off to our beloved prime minister Modi
We lose Modi, we lose all these strategic initiatives. Congress will fall back to garnering min ity ve bank.
remember devegowda as pm visiting Paris with all of his family members in dozens
India''s version of string of pearls around ! LOL! Jai Ho Modi!
PM Modi must accept Indonesian proposal to develop and use Sabang deep sort.
It will depend upon bilateral relations of the two countries. Modi is competent to handle.
It is good that the realisation of identifying common interests and source of threats is taking shape and they should act fast as the have been preparing for quite some time.
Pakistan is begging other countries to develop sort in its land. India to going to other countries to develop their sort for them. That's the difference between the two countries.
Indonesia had historical relation with India; specially Odisha and Late Biju Patnaik. It is required to have a good relationship with the country and history can be exploited.
India should try to get lease of islands in different parts of globe with a long term perspective in mind with even high monetary price.
Mahesh P Y
Opposition will mimic your foreign trips, but we are confident on the efforts and output... keep it up Modiji
India should expand ties with SE asian countries in every field. Be it trade tourism commerce technology anything. It has a lot to gain in the east rather than just looking at far away west.
What a shame a big country having longest seacoast is dependent on small countries like Indonesia. It''s expected this big country needs to develop deep sorts and provide access to neighborhood small countries.