HA NOI – Viet Nam and Indonesia should strengthen cooperation and coordination from the standpoint of building a stronger and more developed ASEAN community, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.
PM Dung made the suggestion yesterday while receiving Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, who is in Ha Noi to chair the first meeting of the Viet Nam-Indonesia Committee for Bilateral Cooperation.
The PM said he is pleased with recent strong developments in the multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries, especially in economics, trade and investment, with two-way trade reaching over US$4.6 billion in 2011 and $2.1 billion in the first half of this year.
The bilateral cooperation results have brought practical benefits to the development of the two countries as well as contributed to building a strongly-developed ASEAN community, he stressed.
The PM suggested the two countries continue to boost the implementation of cooperation agreements and programmes agreed by their high-ranking leaders in order to raise the bilateral ties to a new level.
Viet Nam and Indonesia should closely cooperate in addressing the region's common issues, including the East Sea issues, for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and in the world, he noted.
He added that the two nations need to step up cooperation in diplomacy, security, defence and joint patrols at sea.
Vietnam will help Indonesia ensure food security, affirmed the Government leader.
After informing the host of the results of the first meeting of the committee, Marty Natalegawa stressed that Indonesia always attaches importance to developing cooperation with Viet Nam, and will do its utmost to foster bilateral ties in all aspects.
He affirmed that Indonesia will continue to closely coordinate with other ASEAN countries in building a more prosperous ASEAN community as well as in dealing with regional and international issues, including the East Sea issue.
Foreign ministers of Viet Nam and Indonesia, Pham Binh Minh and Marty Natalegawa, have agreed to speed up efforts to promote bilateral trade, expected to reach US$5 billion before the scheduled deadline 2015.
At the first ministerial meeting of the Viet Nam-Indonesia Joint Committee for Bilateral Co-operation, the two sides reassessed the results of the Viet Nam-Indonesia Action Plan 2012-15, especially in politics, security, defence, economics, trade and investment, and discussed direction for the possible establishment of strategic partnership.
The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding on defence co-operation in 2010.
Both ministers recognised co-operation in security and defence and agreed to suggest the two Governments speed up discussions on an agreement on regulations for joint patrols in contiguous waters and establish a communication channel between the two navies.
The ministers also spent time discussing co-operation between the two countries at regional and international forums, particularly in the framework of ASEAN.
They also discussed regional issues of common concern, including the East Sea issue, stressing the maintenance of peace, stability, maritime security and safety in the East Sea, the respect for international laws and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, the full implementation of the Declaration on Conduct of the Parties in the East Sea and advancing towards a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
Speaking after the meeting, Minh said he believed all agreements reached at the meeting would be implemented in good time.
Natalegawa said Viet Nam and Indonesia would prefer peaceful solutions to regional issues such as the East Sea and to work together to increase the role of ASEAN as a regional block. — VNS