Jakarta — The visiting Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, met with the Indian diaspora here on Wednesday (30/05) as part of his activities during his visit to Indonesia from May 29 to 31. “You are strong liaisons between India and Indonesia,” he said in his speech at the meeting at the Jakarta Convention Hall. He called on the Indian diaspora to continue expanding its social relation in the country. He said Indonesia’s closest neighbor was India and India’s closest neighbor was Indonesia. India and Indonesia had deep cultural relations and similarities in the two countries’ traditions had been popularized in various ways, he added. “Indonesia and India are symbols of social and cultural diversity and goodwill. A lot of languages and dialects are spoken here by hundreds of communities living here and so are in India,” he said. Before the Prime Minister arrived, the Indian diaspora was entertained with Indian music and songs. President Joko Widodo welcomed Prime Minister Modi on his arrival at the Merdeka State Palace at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday in a VVIP car escorted by mounted presidential security guards and drum bands. Jokowi shook hands with Modi before leading him to a podium for an official welcome ceremony in which the anthems of both countries were played. They would discuss various issues from maritime affairs, economic issues, social and cultural ties to regional and global issues. The two leaders enjoyed flying kites when visiting the India-Indonesia Kites Festival at the National Monument Square locally known as Monas Square. They also witnessed the announcement of 15 memorandums of understanding between the two countries in various fields, These covered defense, outer space, transportation and pharmaceutical sectors.