Sushma Swaraj embarks on Indinesia tour


New Delhi: Bolstering India’s effort to strengthen its influence in the Indian ocean region, xternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday embarked on a five day visit to Indinesia to attend the 60th.

commemoration of the historical 1955 Asian-African Conference, which became the stepping stone for setting up the Non-Aligned Movement during cold war-era.

She will also attend the 10th anniversary celebrations of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership.

Swaraj is accompanied by senior diplomats from the Ministry for the conference where important discussions will take place in Jakarta and Bandung.
The 1955 conference led by Indonesia’s independence hero Sukarno galvanised global stalwarts like Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, whose famous ‘Panchsheel’ doctrine was incorporated in 10 principles of international peace and cooperation in declaration.

Citing the Budget Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had expressed his inability to attend the commemoration which is expected to see participation of Heads of States from major Asian and African powers like China, Japan, and South Africa among others.

He had written to Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressing his regrets for not being able to attend the meet.
In the letter, the Prime Minister also invited Widodo to visit India and said he was looking forward to visiting Indonesia at a mutually convenient time.