Indonesia agrees to grant In­dia ac­cess to strategic is­land of Sabang

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - FRONT PAGE - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

NEWDELHI: Indonesia has agreed to give In­dia eco­nomic and mil­i­tary ac­cess to the strategic is­land of Sabang at the north­ern tip of Su­ma­tra and close to the Malacca Strait, an In­done­sian min­is­ter said on Thurs­day.

Luhut Pand­jai­tan, Indonesia’s co­or­di­nat­ing min­is­ter for mar­itime af­fairs and a for­mer mil­i­tary of­fi­cer, said In­dia will in­vest in the port and eco­nomic zone of Sabang and build a hos­pi­tal.

He noted the port’s 40-me­tre depth is good for all types of ves­sels, “in­clud­ing sub­marines”. In time, he said, the coast guards of the two coun­tries could also work to­gether.

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