Indian Vice-President Dr. Hamid Ansari returns from visit to Indonesia

Indian Vice-President Dr. Hamid Ansari returns from visit to Indonesia

Vice-President Hamid Ansari has described his visit to Indonesia as a success and expressed satisfaction on the inking of two MoUs — on cultural exchange and new and renewable energy — in Jakarta. He was speaking aboard a special aircraft on his way back to New Delhi.
Ansari returned on the night of November 5 after a tour of Jakarta and Bali. His visit to Brunei, which was part of the tour, had to be cancelled because volcanic ash from Mount Rinjani forced closure of airports for two days.
In Jakarta, Ansari visited the Istiqlal mosque, called on President Joko Widodo, delivered a lecture attended by prominent members of the Indian community there and addressed a group of businesspersons. In Bali, he visited the Tanah Lot temple and unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Udayana University, where he took questions from students.
Ansari was supposed to be involved in the ratification of an extradition treaty that gained significance in the light of the arrest and deportation of alleged gangster Chhota Rajan. However, the exercise was deemed unnecessary by the two countries after it was realised that the treaty was already in force since December 2014.

Ansari flew back to India in time for Chinese Vice-President Li Yuanchao’s visit as both are scheduled to meet and discuss bilateral issues .

Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao will visit India next month, China’s Foreign Ministry said on Friday, the second top Chinese official set to visit as ties warm between the Asian powers.

Relations between the nuclear-armed neighbors have improved considerably since a brief border war in 1962, but deep suspicion over a longstanding territorial dispute has remained an obstacle.

Li will visit India on Nov. 3-7, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular briefing.

Fan Changlong, one of the vice chairmen of China’s Central Military Commission which controls the armed forces and is headed by President Xi Jinping, will visit India and Pakistan in November.

For decades, India was a close ally of the Soviet Union while China has long backed India’s rival, Pakistan.

Relations between India and China have a regional and global significance, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee said when Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao called on him, said a statement on Saturday.

Li called on Mukherjee on Friday and the two leaders reviewed ties between India and China, according to a Rashtrapati Bhavan statement.

Mukherjee pointed out that Li was the first ever vice president of China to visit India.

India-China relations have witnessed all round progress in recent years, he said.

The two countries have expanded high level political exchanges. As two emerging economies, relations between the two countries have a regional and a global significance. India-China trade now stands at $70.59 billion.

India welcomed Chinese companies to participate in ‘Make in India’ campaign, the president said.

Li warmly reciprocated the president’s sentiments and said closer ties between the two countries would not only benefit both but also help usher in the Asian century. He congratulated India on its rapid development and said China was determined to promote cooperation in all fields.

Prior to meeting the president, Li on Friday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During the meeting, Modi recalled the visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to India last year, and his own visit to China in May this year, according to an official statement.

Modi said there was tremendous potential for India and China to grow their economic and developmental partnership, and highlighted opportunities in railways, smart cities, infrastructure and urban transport for cooperation.

Li, who arrived in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad on Tuesday, also visited Kolkata where he met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, before arriving in New Delhi on Thursday night.

Li departed from India on Saturday.


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