Indonesia Told India Its Quest to Join Malacca Strait Patrols Isn’t Feasible

New Delhi: About three weeks before Indian and Indonesian leaders sat down for talks in Jakarta on Tuesday, Indonesian experts had explained to their Indian counterparts that New Delhi’s quest to join the Malacca Strait Patrol (MSP) was “not feasible”.
The joint statement issued after discussions between Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joko Widodo on Tuesday described the aim of the expert-level meeting on May 10 in Bali was to “explore ways in enhancing strategic technical cooperation on maritime security”.Multiple sources have confirmed to The Wire that the sole item on the agenda of the expert-level meeting was to discuss India’s suitability to become a full member of the MSP.Established in 2004, the MSP is a quadrilateral arrangement between Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand for intelligence exchange, coordinated air (eye-in-the-sky) and sea patrol through the vital straits.