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India inks energy pact with Indonesia

New Delhi, November 2:While two key MoUs were inked, no extradition treaty was signed on Sunday after Vice-President Hamid Ansari held a tête-à-tête and delegation-level talks with his counterpart Jusuf Kalla at the Vice-President,s Palace in Jakarta.

The dignitaries, however, agreed on two expected agreements cooperation in new and renewable energy, and renewal of the cultural exchange programme 2015-18.

Energy pact would serve the commitments India and Indonesia had made to reduce carbon emissions by 35 and 29 per cent respectively by 2030, he said.

The Vice-President thanked Indonesia for its support in organising Sahabat India: The Festival of India in Indonesia' early this year. He also congratulated the country for having assumed the chairmanship of the Indian Ocean Rim Association last week.

Adding to this, two nations shared similar positions on several issues including climate change, maritime security and freedom of the seas in the South China sea. He said he discussed with Mr. Kalla the expansion of cooperation in defence and counter-terrorism by intensifying the existing mechanisms.

Ahead of the meeting, an exchange of notes on the 2011 Extradition Treaty was highly anticipated. However, according to External Affairs Ministry sources, impediments on the legal side saw Indonesia hesitating to firm up the modalities of the pact that would have enabled the immediate extradition of gangster Chhota Rajan, nabbed recently in Bali.

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