The two sides agreed that Vietnam and Indonesia have long-standing relations and both are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which allow the two countries to promote their relations.

Vietnam's Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong meeting with Indonesia's Speaker of Indonesia’s Regional Representative Council Oesman Sapta Odang. Photo: 

The deepening of the bilateral strategic partnership not only satisfies the benefits of their people but also contributes to building an ASEAN of solidarity, unity and strength, thus promoting peace, stability and development in the region and beyond, they said.

They added that the development of cooperation between their State power agencies at central and local levels as well as between groups of parliamentarians will help increase the operational efficiency of Vietnam’s National Assembly and Indonesia’s legislative bodies.

This will also contribute to increasing political trust and reinforcing the bilateral friendship and cooperation, they said.

Party leader Trong congratulated Indonesia on its achievements gained in recent years and highly valued the country’s growing position and prestige in the globe.

The Indonesian Speaker pledged to make active contributions to enhancing the two nations’ multidimensional cooperative ties, including the experience exchanges in monitoring the government’s activities and boosting cooperation among localities such as Hanoi and Jakarta.

* The same day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong have a meeting with the Embassy of Vietnam in Indonesia in Jakarta. The Party leader expected the embassy to make more contributions to developing the two countries’ traditional amity and strategic partnership.

Indonesia is a big country in the Southeast Asian region and one of the founders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). It is also a member of the 20 major economies (G20) and plays a crucial role in the region and around the world, he noted.

The enhancement of cooperation with Indonesia, hence, is of significance for mutual benefits, contributing to the maintenance of regional and global peace, stability and cooperation, he added.

He unveiled that during his visit to Indonesia, the two sides will focus on discussing specific measures to enhance their rapports and create a more pragmatic change in the development of bilateral cooperative relations.

* On August 22, Speaker of the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia Setya Novanto met with Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, noting that his country attaches importance to enhancing the friendship and multifaceted cooperation with Vietnam.

Vietnam’s Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Speaker of the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia Setya Novanto (L). Photo: 

Welcoming the Vietnamese leader’s official visit, Novanto expressed his admiration for the country’s struggle for national independence while valuing its enormous achievements over the three decades of reforms, especially in spurring economic growth, maintaining political and social stability, and improving people’s living standards.

General Secretary Trong noted his good impression of Indonesia and recalled the memories between late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Sukarno. He congratulated Indonesia on major attainments in all aspects, voicing his belief that Indonesian people will continue to obtain more accomplishments in the time ahead.

The two sides shared the view that both Vietnam and Indonesia play important roles in ASEAN. They are trustworthy partners of each other and share many similar interests and viewpoints.

The countries should expand relations via the channels of Parties, Governments, parliaments and people’s organisations, thus helping to reinforce their traditional friendship and strategic partnership, the leaders said.

They agreed to boost bilateral trade to 8 billion USD in 2018 and 10 billion USD in the near future.

At the meeting, General Secretary Trong and Speaker Novanto highly valued the comprehensive, positive and effective relationship between the National Assembly of Vietnam and the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia.

Both sides need to step up cooperation in all spheres, including increasing delegation exchanges between their subordinate committees and enhancing activities of parliamentary friendship groups, so as to foster cooperation and experience sharing between the two legislative bodies.

They should also step up information exchange, close coordination and mutual support at international and regional forums such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, and the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, the leaders added.

Party General Secretary Trong said he hopes the People’s Representative Council of Indonesia and the National Assembly of Vietnam, as the representative agencies of the two countries’ people, will have more active contributions to the bilateral friendship, multifaceted cooperation and strategic partnership.

On this ocassion, he delivered an invitation to visit Vietnam from National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Speaker Novanto, who accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Novanto asked his guest to convey his invitation to Chairwoman Ngan to attend the IPU Assembly in Bali on September 6.

Source: VNA