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Vietnam & Indonesia pledge to deepen bilateral strategic partnership

Released at: 16:56, 23/08/2017

Vietnam & Indonesia pledge to deepen bilateral strategic partnership

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L) and President Joko Widodo. Photo: VNA

Indonesia always supports Vietnam's role as APEC Chair, President Joko Widodo tells Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong, who is visiting Indonesia from August 22 to 24.

by Nguyen Quoc

Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo witnessed the signing of a series of cooperation documents between the two countries in Jakarta on August 23 following talks, according to a report from the Vietnam News Agency.

Documents inked included a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the Ministry of Justice and Indonesia’s Ministry of Law and Human Rights, and a MoU on information development cooperation between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Indonesia’s Ministry of Village, Disadvantaged Region Development and Transmigration.

The Ministry of Industry and Trade and Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources signed an MoU on cooperation in gas use in border areas and another on cooperation in the coal industry.

While the two countries’ coast guard forces inked a letter of intent on cooperation enhancement, the Vietnamese and Indonesian Governments signed an MoU on educational cooperation.

At a press conference following the signing ceremony, the leaders expressed their delight at the outcomes of their talks, which took place at the Presidential Palace after an official welcoming ceremony for the Vietnamese leader, who is on an official visit from August 22 to 24.

The leaders looked back on the countries’ traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation over past years and discussed ways to deepen their strategic partnership and boost result-oriented relations in all aspects.

President Widodo emphasized that Vietnam has been a strategic partner of Indonesia since 2013 and both are members of ASEAN. Vietnam currently chairs APEC in 2017 and will host the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in November. Indonesia always supports Vietnam’s role as the APEC Chair.

During the talks, the two sides scrutinized three main issues: navigation and fisheries, trade and investment, and regional issues, he said, adding that they agreed to speed up negotiations on the delineation of exclusive economic zones, work to reach consensus on fishing grounds, and reduce illegal fishing.

They discussed new measures and initiatives to boost bilateral trade to $10 billion in the near future.

As a big producer and exporter of coffee and pepper, Indonesia agreed to devise concrete measures to manage the products, keep prices stable, and improve product quality, Mr. Widodo noted.

He expressed his hope that Indonesian and Vietnamese investors will receive more favorable conditions.

At the talks, the two sides exchanged views on regional issues of shared concern, stressing the importance of keeping ASEAN’s solidarity and central role, along with forming the ASEAN Community Vision 2025.

Indonesia hailed achievements in the formation of a code of conduct (COC) in the East Sea and considered them a strong foundation for resolving East Sea-related issues and for maintaining stability, peace, and prosperity in the region.

Mr. Trong underlined that Vietnam consistently wants to bolster the strategic partnership with Indonesia in a substantive manner. Good implementation of the reached common perceptions and cooperation orientations and measures will strongly develop bilateral relations, thus practically benefiting the two peoples, helping to enhance solidarity among the member countries of the ASEAN Community, and actively contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world.

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