Sushma Swaraj receives warm welcome at Jakarta airport

ANI | Updated: Jan 05, 2018 14:17 IST

Jakarta [Indonesia], Jan 05 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was given a warm Indonesian traditional welcome on her arrival in Jakarta today.

She is on a two-day visit to the Indonesia, where she will co-chair the 5th meeting of India-Indonesia Joint Commission with her counterpart Retno Marsudi.

"EAM arrives in Jakarta to a warm welcome in Indonesian tradition. EAM will be holding JCM with her counterpart FM Retno later today!" India in Indonesia tweeted.

Sushma Swaraj was received by the senior officers of India Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia.

"EAM arrived in Jakarta today. She was received at Airport by Ambassador Pradeep Kumar Rawat, Ambassador Suresh Reddy, DCM and senior officers of Embassy and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia. EAM is scheduled to meet VP Jusuf Kalla and FM Retno Marsudi later in the day," India in Indonesia said in a second tweet.

Yesterday, Swaraj met with Foreign Minister of Thailand Don Pramudwinai and discussed issues of connectivity, security and cultural cooperation.

"Keeping up with the growing momentum of the bilateral relationship, EAM @SushmaSwaraj discussed issues of connectivity, security and cultural cooperation with Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Foreign Minister of Thailand. #ActEastPolicy," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The Thai minister also hosted a dinner in the honour of Swaraj.

Earlier on Thursday, Swaraj, arrived in Bangkok on the first leg of a three-nation tour that will also take her to Indonesia and Singapore.

The minister got a "warm welcome" in Thailand - "our geographic, historic and cultural neighbour", Kumar had tweeted.

Thailand will assume the role of coordinator country for India-ASEAN relations later this year.

Swaraj is on her first visit of the year 2018 to three South East Asian countries - Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

The visit is aimed at giving a further boost to bilateral relations to the South East Asian countries within the framework of India's Act East Policy. (ANI)