Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Photo: VNA)
Jakarta (VNA) –
Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on April 23 compared
notes on an array of matters, aiming to improve the efficiency of cooperation
between the two countries.
their talks in Indonesia’s Bogor city, Widodo congratulated Chinh on
his election as Prime Minister of Vietnam, and expressed his admiration for achievements
Vietnam has recorded in the COVID-19 combat as well as economic recovery and
attaches great importance to and wishes to continuously advance the traditional
friendship and strategic partnership with Vietnam, he affirmed.
part, Chinh reiterated Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance,
and multilateralisation and diversification of relations, being a responsible member
of the international community, and intensively and extensively integrating
into the world.
will work harder to continuously consolidate and expand the strategic partnership,
two sides rejoiced at the practical and intensive development of the bilateral
cooperation, and agreed to coordinate to effectively implement the action
programme for 2019-2023, the strategic partnership and the joint vision on
defence cooperation for 2018-2022.
also discussed measures to promote the bilateral economic ties, especially how to reduce
trade barriers and remove difficulties facing businesses, in an effort to soon
bring the two-way trade to 10 billion USD, towards cutting Vietnam’s trade deficit.
consented to soon resume flights at a suitable time, and consider allowing Vietnam’s
Vietjet Air to open flights from Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City to Jakarta of
countries will also step up collaboration in pharmaceuticals, and in
maritime cooperation, including partnerships between their coast guards.
The two leaders affirmed that they attach special importance to the need to soon complete
negotiations on the boundary of exclusive economic zones between the two
countries, in order to create a legal corridor for the countries to enhance
cooperation and reduce illegal fishing cases, thus creating a model in dealing
with differences at sea between nations, contributing to protecting peace, cooperation,
and development in the region.
Widodo highly values Chinh’s attendance at the ASEAN Leaders' Meeting right
after the latter took office, which, he said, demonstrates Vietnam’s responsibility.
two sides pledged to further their close and effective cooperation at regional
and international forums, especially ASEAN and the UN, and work together
with other ASEAN member countries to press ahead with the settlement of the Myanmar issue, towards stability, the reduction of violence and casualties for people
and the resumption of dialogues between parties to seek peaceful solutions, for
peace and stability in the region and the world at large.
the East Sea issue, they agreed to maintain ASEAN’s stance on the matter,
including maintaining peace, stability, security and safety of navigation and
aviation, effectively realising the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in
the East Sea, and soon completing negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the
East Sea (COC) in an effective and efficient manner, in line with international
law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982
this occasion, Chinh invited Widodo to visit Vietnam at a convenient time. The Indonesian President accepted the invitation with pleasure./.