|Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (left) meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo yesterday in Jakarta. — VNA/VNS Photo Do Quyen
JAKARTA (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh urged boosting maritime co-operation with Indonesia during a working trip to Jakarta. There, Minh will co-chair the second ministerial-level meeting of the Viet Nam-Indonesia Bilateral Co-operation Committee.
Speaking to Indonesian President Joko Widodo yesterday, Minh said co-operation efforts would consist of forming a navy hotline, conducting more joint patrol missions and tackling search and rescue, anti-terrorism, human trafficking and transnational crime issues together.
At the reception, Minh and the Indonesian host spoke of the countries' historic relationship established by Presidents Sukarno and Ho Chi Minh, and lifted to a strategic partnership in June 2013.
Minh said the relationship has since developed extensively in the areas of politics, economics, trade, education, culture and tourism.
He spoke glowingly about the US$5.4 billion in two-way trade last year, one year ahead of the $5 billion goal previously set for 2015. He surmised that it would likely meet the $10 billion mark set by the countries for 2018.
Minh suggested Indonesian markets consider importing rice, pink onion and electronic components. He also encouraged revamping existing mechanisms and generating new ones to promote the partnership.
He took the occasion to convey President Truong Tan Sang's invitation to President Widodo to visit Viet Nam.
President Widodo said Deputy PM Minh's visit was a chance for the two sides to review co-operation and further outline specific measures to promote relations.
He proposed Viet Nam boost imports of Indonesian agro-products and consumer goods, and pledged to carefully consider Viet Nam's proposals.
Widodo shared Viet Nam's concerns over the complicated situation in the East Sea and underlined the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, and maritime and aviation safety.
He hoped all parties would resolve issues peacefully with respect for international laws, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, execute the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and sign a Code of Conduct. — VNS