President, PM felicitate new Indonesian Prez Joko Widodo

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished the new President of Indonesia — Joko Widodo — on assuming office and said that India wants to further strengthen its close ties with his country.

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2014, 20:41 PM IST

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday wished the new President of Indonesia — Joko Widodo — on assuming office and said that India wants to further strengthen its close ties with his country.

In his message to the Indonesian leader Joko Widodo, the President said, "India and Indonesia are friendly neighbours with historical contacts and civilisational interaction that have enriched both societies.

"As the world's two largest democracies and dynamic economies with strong complementarities and common challenges, we are natural partners for mutually beneficial cooperation," the President was quoted as saying by a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson.

Our two countries, the President said, have established close understanding in key areas of common interest and have adopted a five-pronged initiative for strengthening our strategic partnership that includes robust strategic engagement, defence and security cooperation, comprehensive economic partnership and cultural as well as people-to-people links.

"I look forward to working with you to further strengthen the close and friendly relations between our two countries," Mukherjee said.

"I take this opportunity to convey to your Excellency my best wishes for your personal well-being and success and the continued progress and prosperity of the people of Indonesia," he said.

The Prime Minister tweeted his congratulation: "Congratulations & best wishes to Mr. Joko Widodo on being sworn in as the President of Indonesia."

(With Agency Inputs)