|Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (fifth from left) joined world leaders from some 100 Asian and African nations in a ceremony held yesterday to mark 60 years of the Asian-African Conference (1955-2015), or the Bandung Conference, in Indonesia's Bandung city — Photo Nguyen Khang
JAKARTA (VNS)— Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang joined world leaders from some 100 Asian and African nations in a ceremony held yesterday to mark 60 years of the Asian-African Conference (1955-2015), or the Bandung Conference, in Indonesia's Bandung city. The leaders took a historic walk to the Merdeka Building – also known as the Independence Building – the same route that Asian and African leaders had taken at their first summit in 1955 from their residences to the venue.
At the ceremony in the Merdeka Building, the ten-point Bandung Declaration was highlighted as laying a solid foundation for the relationship among nations between the two continents.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo stressed that the declaration remained useful and the ten principles should continue to be respected.
He called for closer solidarity and co-operation between Asian and African nations for peace, prosperity and equality.
The leaders also watched a short film on Bandung Conference that also covered important changes in the world at large and Asian and African developing countries in particular.
After the ceremony, the leaders took part in the inaugural ceremony of the Asian-African Statue.
On the sidelines of the meeting, President Sang met with his Myanmar counterpart Thein Sein. He said Viet Nam attaches importance to consolidating and enhancing its traditional friendship and close collaboration with Myanmar.
The Myanmar leader spoke highly of Viet Nam's positive contributions to ensuring peace and stability in the region and in building the ASEAN Community.
Both leaders expressed pleasure at recent positive developments in bilateral ties. Two-way trade had reached US$475 million in 2014, a 35 per cent surge over the previous year, they noted.
Viet Nam is currently implementing seven projects worth US$513.18 million in Myanmar, ranking eighth among 33 nations and territories investing in the country.
The two leaders agreed to co-ordinate activities celebrating the 40th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties (May 28, 1975 – May 28, 2015), and speed up implementation of bilateral co-operation mechanisms.
President Thein Sein confirmed that Myanmar would continue to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese enterprises to invest in his country.
The two leaders also agreed to support each other at regional and international forums, especially in ASEAN and the United Nations.
The Vietnamese State leader also met former Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri, who reiterated her support for the Viet Nam-Indonesia strategic partnership. — VNS