|President Truong Tan Sang (left) meets with President of Indonesia's Houses of Representatives Marzuki Alie in Jakarta yesterday.—VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
JAKARTA (VNS)— President Truong Tan Sang yesterday met with Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives Marzuki Alie as part of his two-day visit to the country.
At the meeting, President Sang congratulated Indonesia on its recent achievements, especially in maintaining a high economic growth rate, looking towards sustainable development and successfully implementing the "Master Plan on the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia's Economic Development" for the 2011-2015 period.
Indonesian Speaker Marzuki Alie considered the establishment of the Viet Nam-Indonesia strategic partnership an important milestone in the two countries' relationship.
The Indonesian Parliament would work with the Vietnamese National Assembly to form the Indonesia-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentarians Group, he affirmed.
Both agreed that the exchange of experience in legislative work as well as the promotion of negotiations and signing of an agreement between the Vietnamese National Assembly and the Indonesian Senate would create a full legal foundation for cooperation between the two legislative bodies in particular and the two countries in general.
On the same day, President Sang visited the headquarters of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations and met with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh.
The President underlined the need for ASEAN to increase intra-bloc links and regional connectivity, actively contributing to enhancing a peaceful and stable environment for mutual development.
Viet Nam would contribute to joint efforts to promote links and the building of the ASEAN Community in a proactive and responsible manner, he affirmed.
He voiced the country's support for further increasing the role and capacity of the ASEAN Secretariat as the group is accelerating co-operation towards the establishment of the ASEAN Community.
In the presence of representatives of ASEAN member countries, partners and guests, the Vietnamese State leader affirmed Viet Nam's consistent policy and responsible contributions for a united and strong ASEAN community.
He urged ASEAN member countries to make greater efforts to finalise the ASEAN Community by 2015 and continue to raise its voice in issues regarding peace and security in the region in order to promote the central role of the ten-member group.
In addition, ASEAN needed to continue bringing into full play its role in regional cooperation frameworks such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), he added.
President Sang said ASEAN should further promote its active role in ensuring an environment of peace, security and development in the region.
Maritime security, safety and freedom in the East Sea was an important and mutual concern of the region, he said, urging ASEAN to take an active part in building and making the best use of joint principles as stated in the Declaration on the Six-point Principles on the East Sea .
These include dialogue promotion, trust building, peaceful settlement of disputes in respect of international law and the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the early establishment of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea .
During his stay in Indonesia, President Sang met with the country's leading businesses that operate in the fields of aviation, oil and gas, coal, rice, property, food and pharmaceuticals.
Viet Nam and Indonesia have issued a joint statement during President Truong Tan Sang's official visit to Indonesia, agreeing to elevate the long-standing bilateral relationship to a new height.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President Truong Tan Sang were committed to elevating the long-standing bilateral relationship to a new height and decided to establish the Strategic Partnership between Viet Nam and Indonesia built upon the basis of the Declaration between the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam and the Republic of Indonesia on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Partnership entering the 21st century (2003) and the Indonesia - Viet Nam Plan of Action in the period of 2012-2015 (2011).
The Strategic Partnership shall also conform to the principles of the UN and ASEAN Charters, the Treaty of Amity and Co-operation in Southeast Asia, and other universally recognised norms of international law.
In light of the Strategic Partnership, the two leaders agreed to intensify the exchange of high-level visits and to further enhance mutually beneficial co-operation in all fields. Both leaders tasked the two Ministries of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with relevant Ministries, to formulate Plans of Action for the Strategic Partnership that provides ways and means to ensure the concrete and effective implementation of the Strategic Partnership. The two leaders also stressed the importance for both countries to periodically review the implementation of the Strategic Partnership through bilateral co-operation mechanisms, namely the Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation and the Joint Commission on Economics, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.
On defence and security co-operation, the two leaders supported further effective implementation of the MOU on Promotion of Cooperation of Defence Officials and Related Activities (2010), the Agreement on Cooperation of Criminal Combating and Prevention (2005) and the Terms of Reference on Navy to Navy Talks (2012), particularly in promoting capacity building and exchange personnel. The two leaders also encouraged the enhancement of co-operation in national defence industry and non-traditional security fields.
On trade, the two leaders appreciated the steadily growing two-way trade and were committed to pushing forward the progressive, balanced and sustainable two-way trade co-operation. The two leaders were optimistic that the target of US$5 billion in trade volume could be surpassed before 2015 and agreed to set a new target of $10 billion in trade volume by 2018.
The two leaders shared a positive assessment on the growing investment co-operation and were committed to continue promoting a more attractive and favourable environment for greater investment and trade. The President of Indonesia expressed his hope for the continued support and assistance of the Vietnamese Government for the increasing economic presence of Indonesia in Viet Nam.
The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing bilateral co-operation aiming at achieving sustainable food and energy security through trade, investment and joint research and development. On food security, the two leaders welcomed the extension of the MoU on Rice Trade to 2017 and agreed to strengthen co-operation in food production and quality control as well as stock management.
On energy security, the two leaders encouraged business community of the two countries to actively explore energy and mineral resources co-operation, including on developing eco-friendly mining industry, coal and minerals trade, electricity generation as well as new and renewable energy.
The two leaders observed the progress in the fisheries and aquaculture co-operation and emphasised the need for both countries to further implement the MoU on Marine and Fisheries Cooperation (2010) to further tap the high potentials of co-operation in this area and to address illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) fishing, including on the arrangement for returning fishermen caught or arrested due to IUU fishing.
The two leaders directed the technical team to expedite their discussion for the early conclusion on delimitation of the exclusive economic zone and, without prejudice, to the final settlement of maritime boundary delimitation, encouraging both sides to find a temporary solution to facilitate co-operation in marine and fisheries affairs.
The two leaders were determined to continue to strengthen people to people links by enhancing co-operation in the fields of education, culture and tourism. In this regard, the two leaders agreed to revitalise the MoU on Education Cooperation (2005), promote closer co-operation in developing eco-tourism and MICE industry as well as to strengthen cultural co-operation, including within the framework of Trail of Civilisation.
The two leaders agreed to further intensify the work of ASEAN in realising an ASEAN community 2015 that is politically cohesive, economically integrated and socially responsible to take advantage of current and future opportunity and effectively respond to regional and international challenges.
President Truong Tan Sang reiterated his commitment to provide continuous active support during Indonesia's Chairmanship of APEC in 2013, while President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono assured Indonesia's full support to Viet Nam in the latter's Chairmanship of APEC in 2017. Yudhoyono also invited Sang for the upcoming APEC Economic Leaders Meeting in Bali in October 2013.
On the East Sea, the two leaders reaffirmed the importance of peace, stability and maritime security in the region and reaffirmed the collective commitments under the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea to ensuring the peaceful resolution of disputes in accordance with universally recognised principles of international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. The two leaders expressed their full support for the ASEAN's six-point Principles on the East Sea and welcomed the commencement of the discussion on the Code of Conduct between ASEAN and China and looked forward to the continuation of discussions on the COC towards the early conclusion of a Regional Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
Upon conclusion of the bilateral meeting, the two leaders witnessed the signing of the agreements, namely the Agreement on Extradition, Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Issues, and the Memorandum of Understanding on Agricultural Commodities Cooperation.
On the sidelines of the State visit, the Memorandum of Understanding on Energy and Mineral Resources Cooperation, the Memorandum of Understanding on Financial Cooperation, and the Memorandum of Cooperation between the Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Viet Nam and Indonesia were also signed. The two leaders instructed the relevant Ministries of the two countries to actively implement these documents. — VNS