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Indonesian envoy calls for more people to people connectivity

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

Indonesian to Sidharto Suryodipuro today called for more people to people connectivity between the two countries and said tourism can be an for that.

Suryodipuro, who came here to attend a meet to commemorate the cultural ties between the two nations particularly and Indonesia, said more and more people were now struck by in both countries as both were witnessing the emergence of a new middle class.

"Now with more and more people travelling, we need more regional connectivity. Tourism is the easiest way of establishing that connectivity with directly," he said.

The number of Indians travelling to is close to half a million, while the number of Indonesian tourists to India is close to 40,000, the told reporters.

The said they were aiming to reach the figure of 70,000 Indian visitors to in a year and said it was achievable. "We understand Bengalis like to travel in groups," Suryodipuro said.

"With Kolkata and Sumatra being in close distance, we are talking with the government to increase the number of flights to from the present three," he said.

With the present flights being via other cities, direct Kolkata-flights will ensure closer people-to-people connectivity and reduce time, he said.

Enhanced air connectivity is also needed from the point of view of business, Suryodipuro said.

Referring to Narendra Modi's recent visit to Indonesia, he said, "PM Modi and our Joko Widodo talked about concluding a new air service agreement."

The came here to attend the 'The Pride and Glory of Bali-Yatra', an art exhibition to mark 2000 years old past shared by the two nations when sailors from Odisha would set for in for commercial reasons.

A coffee-table book was also launched and a documentary film was screened all put together by writer, - to commemorate the glorious history.

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First Published: Fri, June 08 2018. 21:05 IST