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Indonesian President paying State visit

Released at: 11:32, 12/09/2018

Indonesian President paying State visit

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (L) is welcomed by Vietnamese children at the official welcome ceremony for him and his spouse in Hanoi on September 11 (Photo: VNA)

President Joko Widodo's two-day visit started on September 11.

by Long Van

State President Tran Dai Quang held talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi on September 11, the Vietnam News Agency reports.

President Widodo and his spouse are making a State visit to Vietnam on September 11 and 12 at the invitation of President Quang and his spouse.

This is the first visit to Vietnam by President Widodo since he became President in 2014.

The State-run news agency quoted President Quang as telling local and international media following the meeting that the two leaders had very successful talks, during which they exchanged ideas on all aspects of relations between the two countries and discussed and agreed to further develop the Vietnam - Indonesia strategic partnership in a more vigorous and profound way, for the interest of each country and for the sake of peace, prosperity, cooperation and development in the region.

President Quang stressed that the two sides worked out major orientations to push up bilateral ties in the time to come, focusing on the boosting of delegation exchanges and contacts at all levels via the channels of State, National Assembly and government, as well as people-to-people exchanges, so as to further improve the bonds and political trust and, at the same time, lay a foundation conducive to bringing into full play the potential and advantages, thus bringing about practical, effective and mutually beneficial results in bilateral cooperation.

During their talks, the two leaders also pledged mutual support in grasping opportunities from regional economic linkages to strengthen bilateral trade cooperation and within ASEAN.

The two sides agreed to facilitate each other’s key exports, striving to bring revenue from bilateral trade to $10 billion or even higher in 2020.

President Widodo said very many Indonesian investors look to develop their investment in Vietnam and Indonesia hopes the Vietnamese State will facilitate and give fair treatment to Indonesian investors.

Sharing the common values of a region of peace, stability, security and safety, the two sides pledged to continue pushing up their defense - security cooperation to effectively cope with traditional and non-traditional security challenges now rising in the region. The two sides will also intensify their cooperation on the sea, agriculture, transport, energy, culture, tourism, people-to-people exchanges, etc., to match the potential and demand of the two countries.

The two sides agreed to strengthen cooperation in fighting and preventing illegal fishing activities and accelerate negotiations on the two countries’ exclusive economic zones.

The two leaders placed emphasis on the strengthening of cooperation to complete the goal of building the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, building an ASEAN Community of solidarity, self-reliance and creativeness, and bringing into full play its central role in the region as well as contributing to the maintenance of peace, stability and development in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. They also agreed to support trade liberalization, ensuring peace, security and development of the states in the region.

The two sides reaffirmed the importance of peace, stability, security, marine and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea, the settling of disputes by peaceful measures on the basis of international law, especially the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982, fully respecting diplomatic and legal procedures, seriously and fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and reaching the Code of Conduct (COC) at an early date.

President Widodo stressed that Indonesia welcomes the progress recorded in negotiations over the COC, making important contributions to affirming that the East Sea remains a region of safety, stability and peace. He also thanked Vietnam for supporting Indonesia’s viewpoint on the perception of the Indo-Pacific.

After their talks, which followed an official welcome ceremony for the guest on September 11, the two leaders witnessed the signing of various cooperation documents between the two countries.

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