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Indonesia keen on stronger Viet Nam ties

Update: April, 04/2015 - 09:53
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo VNA
HA NOI  (VNS) — Indonesia attaches special importance to developing its ties with Viet Nam, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Ha Noi yesterday.

Marsudi, who began a two-day visit to Viet Nam on Thursday, informed her host of the results of talks she held with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh. She said she believed that bilateral relations would grow stronger in the coming years.

She said the two sides agreed to accelerate the implementation of their action plan on enhancing the Viet Nam-Indonesia Strategic Partnership in the 2014-2018 period, as well as forging economic, trade and investment ties.

PM Dung said he believed the Indonesian FM's visit would contribute to stepping up the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between the two nations.

He said there was still room for both sides to tap their potential for co-operation, particularly in economy, trade and investment.

The PM noted that as neighbours and members of ASEAN, Viet Nam and Indonesia needed to promote dialogues for defining their exclusive economic zones at sea, adding that while the negotiations had yet to conclude, he hoped the Indonesian side would treat Vietnamese fishermen and fishing boats crossing into Indonesia's territory with a spirit of the traditional friendship and strategic partnership.

Viet Nam was willing to work with Indonesia to address arising issues related to this, the Vietnamese leader affirmed.

Concurring with Dung's suggestions, Marsudi said her country would team up with Viet Nam to settle all problems.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the guest affirmed that her country backed the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and the building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

$10b trade target

On the same day Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Indonesian FM Retno Marsudi agreed that they would work harder to meet the target of raising two-way trade to US$10 billion by 2018.

The countries had a two-way trade turnover of $5.4 billion last year.

The two ministers also agreed to increase consultations aimed at settling all problems that arise in the spirit of friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.

Marsudi said the new government in Indonesia paid great attention to strengthening ties with Viet Nam.

Both ministers expressed pleasure at the growing relationship between Viet Nam and Indonesia over the past years, especially in politics, defence-security and economy.

60th anniversary

In order to further foster bilateral affiliations in the coming time, the two sides would work closely with each other to organise activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of diplomatic ties this year, the leaders said.

They also agreed that the exchange of delegations at all levels and channels from the Government and National Assembly to people-to-people contacts would be stepped up.

The foreign ministers asserted that Viet Nam and Indonesia would make full use of bilateral collaboration mechanisms such as the Joint Committee on Economic, Science and Technology Cooperation and Bilateral Cooperation Committee at Foreign Ministerial level.

The two ministers also agreed to continue regular consultations between their foreign ministry policy-making bodies, exchange information and co-operate on consular matters in line with an MoU signed in 2011.

On regional and international issues, the ministers said they were pleased with bilateral co-ordination at regional and international forums including the ASEAN, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum, Asia-Europe Meeting and United Nations.

Marsudi said Indonesia would support Viet Nam to fulfill its responsibilities as APEC Chair in 2017.

Minh and Marsudi stressed the importance of peace, stability, maritime and aviation security, safety and freedom in the East Sea as well as the settlement of disputes through peaceful means in conformity with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

They called on all parties to practice restraint and refrain from actions that can escalate tension, including the use and threat to use force or unilaterally changing the status quo in the region. — VNS

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