Indonesia, India upgrade ties with 15 agreements

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, accompanied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, rear left, is greeted by Indonesian children in traditional costumes during a welcome ceremony prior to their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Darren Whiteside/Pool Photo via AP)
An elementary school student kisses the hand of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo looks on during a welcome ceremony at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shakes hands with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, as Deputy Chairman of Istiqlal Mosque Bahrul Hayat looks on during a tour of the mosque in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews an honor guard, accompanied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, during their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Nugroho Adiweda/Pool photo via AP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi play flies a kite with Indonesian President Joko Widodo (unseen) during the India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during a tour of the Istiqlal Mosque, Southeast Asia's largest mosque, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, pauses after hitting a "bedug," a large drum traditionally hit as a prelude to the call for prayer, as Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, looks on during their tour at the Istiqlal Mosque, Southeast Asia's largest mosque, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, and Deputy Chairman of Istiqlal Mosque Bahrul Hayat during his visit at the largest mosque in Southeast Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, speaks as Indonesian President Joko Widodo listens as they deliver their joint press statement following their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, rides on a golf cart driven by Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviews an honor guard, accompanied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, during their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Darren Whiteside/Pool photo via AP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo upon arrival at the National Monument Monas for an India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo upon arrival at Merdeka Palace for their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, shake hand with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the National Monument at Monas during the India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, and Deputy Chairman of Istiqlal Mosque Bahrul Hayat during his visit at the largest mosque in Southeast Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo view colorful kites at the National Monument Monas during India-Indonesia kite exhibition, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, during his visit the the Istiqlal Mosque, Southeast Asia's largest mosque, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, flies kites with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at Indonesian schoolchildren with Indonesian and Indian national flags while walking with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, left, during a welcome ceremony at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, flies kites with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during the India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, third from left, reviews an honor guard, accompanied by Indonesian President Joko Widodo, second from left, during their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (Darren Whiteside/Pool photo via AP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, is greeted by Indonesian President Joko Widodo upon arrival at Merdeka Palace for their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, flies kites with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, walks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo during their meeting at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, May 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara, Pool)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, left, talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, at the National Monument Monas during India-Indonesia kite exhibition in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim)

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia and India agreed Wednesday to upgrade bilateral relations by signing more than a dozen agreements on a broad range of areas including defense, maritime affairs, trade and investment.

After meeting with visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo said they agreed to make their economies open and hoped a comprehensive economic partnership can be completed this year.

The 15 agreements include cooperation in defense, exploration and use of outer space, science and technology, capacity building of public officials, dialogue and interaction between governments and think tanks as well as in health and railways.

Jokowi said that India is Indonesia's largest export trading partner in South and Central Asia with a value of nearly $15 billion while the number of Indian tourists also rose sharply, up 28 percent to nearly 500,000 in 2017.

A joint statement said the two leaders agreed to hold annual summit meetings, including on the margins of multilateral events.

Indonesia was the first leg of Modi's three-nation visit that will also take him to Malaysia and Singapore.

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