Tuesday, 26/9/2017
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong wrapped up his visit to Indonesia
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Indonesian President Joko Widodo welcomes Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong. Photo: VNA

During the visit, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks with President Joko Widodo, met privately with the President of the Democratic Party of Struggle Megawati Sukarnoputri; met leaders of the legislature; delivered a speech at the Center for Strategic and International Studies of Indonesia; attended and spoke at the Indonesia-Vietnam Business Forum.

Through the talks and meetings, the two sides had broad and deep exchanges and gained important common understanding on major orientations for promoting bilateral relations, contributing to consolidating the foundations of political trust and promoting more effective and substantive relations.

At the talks with President Joko Widodo, the two leaders agreed that the visit was a historic event that marked a significant milestone, strengthened political trust, and friendly relations, booted substantive cooperation, created new developments and deepened the strategic partnership between the two countries.

The two sides maintained that the traditional friendship between the two countries, laid down by President Ho Chi Minh and President Sukarno and generations of leaders and peoples of the two countries has become the strategic partnership. Both sides affirmed that Vietnam and Indonesia would continue to be trusted friends, attached by friendship and shared values and interests.

The two leaders expressed elation at the development of bilateral relations over the past 60 years, especially after the two countries established the strategic partnership in 2013. The two sides held that though encouraging results have been achieved in different cooperation fields they have not yet been on par with potentials and aspirations of both sides, especially in economics, trade and investment.

The two leaders were confident that the two sides would soon reach the target of US$10 billion in bilateral trade through encouragement and creation of favorable conditions for businesses in the two countries to seek opportunities and investment in each other’s market, especially in areas where the two sides have advantage and can complement each other such as oil and gas, coal, rice, Halal food, pepper, rubber, among others.

The two leaders exchanged and agreed on directions and measures to comprehensively promote and deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries in the future for the benefit of the two peoples, contributing positively to the peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world, consolidating and strengthening ASEAN unity, solidarity and strength.

The leaders agreed to maintain regular visits and meetings at all levels and through different channels to increase mutual understanding and trust and promote mutually-beneficial cooperation while effectively upholding existing cooperation mechanisms, including the Bilateral Cooperation Committee and the Joint Committee on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, as well as enhancing links between localities of the two nations.

The two sides shared a view that cooperation in defense and security is a bright spot in bilateral relations in recent years and a very important pillar of cooperation that needs to be strengthened. On that basis, they pledged to coordinate closely in fighting terrorism, cyber and hi-tech crimes, human trafficking, drug trafficking and transnational crimes; accelerate and soon conclude negotiations on the demarcation of exclusive economic zones towards devising overall solutions, including settling issues related to fishing boats and fishermen in the spirit of humanity, friendship and solidarity within ASEAN, in line with the bilateral strategic partnership and on the basis of respect for each country’s independence and sovereignty.

They reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region, ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, peacefully resolving disputes, and complying with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea. They also stressed the need to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon reach a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea.

After the high-level talks, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Indonesian President Joko Widodo witnessed the signing of cooperation agreements between the two counties including the Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Justice of Vietnam and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights of Indonesia; the Memorandum of Understanding on information development cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Indonesian Ministry of Villages, Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration; the Memorandum of Understanding on gas use in border areas between the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources of Indonesia.

There is also a Memorandum of Understanding on coal cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade of Vietnam and Indonesian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources; the Letter of Intent on strengthening cooperation between the Vietnamese and Indonesian Coast Guard forces and the Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation between the Government of Viet Nam and the Government of Indonesia.

Synthesized from VNA

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