Vietnam, Indonesia agree to lift two-way trade to 10 billion USD

Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue (R) and Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla (Source: VNA) 


Jakarta (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh
Hue and Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla agreed to the aim of lifting
two-way trade to 10 billion USD during a meeting in Jakarta on July 21.

The two leaders vowed to actively seek opportunities for
economic cooperation towards the goal, and at the same time continue stepping
up national defence-security ties through maintaining joint working group of
the two navies, accelerating the launch of a hotline, organising joint
activities in search and rescue towards conducting joint patrols at sea.

They also agreed that the two countries will accelerate negotiations
for the early signing of an agreement on demarcation of their exclusive
economic zones and an MoU on marine and fishery cooperation.

Both sides committed to working closely together to
strengthen solidarity and internal unity of ASEAN and to maintain consensus and
ASEAN’s central role in regional issues, the East Sea issue and at regional and
global forums.

They agreed to enhance cooperation to maintain peace,
stability, security, maritime and aviation safety and freedom in the East Sea.

Vice President Jusuf Kalla affirmed that Indonesia supports
Vietnam in successfully fulfilling its role as Chair of APEC 2017.

At the ASEAN Secretariat headquarters, the Vietnamese Deputy
PM said ASEAN has recorded significant achievements in maintaining its central
role and has become an important forum for Southeast Asia and related countries
to hold dialogue for the common goal of preserving peace, stability and
sustainable development of the region, while providing support for its member
countries.

He affirmed that Vietnam considers ASEAN the foundation of and
one of the top priorities in its external policy and vows to work closely with
member states to successfully build the ASEAN Community on all the three
political, economic and socio-cultural pillars and strengthen the bloc’s
central role in the region.

The Vietnamese government is taking a range of measures to
effectively implement contents set in the ASEAN Vision 2025, towards a
resilient and people-centred grouping of comprehensive growth, he said.

The ASEAN Secretary-General spoke highly of Vietnam’s active
contributions to ASEAN since it joined the bloc in 1995, including its role in the
formulation of the bloc’s major documents such as the ASEAN Charter 2007, the
Hanoi Declaration on ASEAN Vision 2020, the ASEAN Community Vision 2025, blueprints
for the bloc’s pillars and other important agreements.

He pledged to coordinate with Vietnam in the implementation
of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025 and the third-stage working plan
for the ASEAN Integration Initiative.

In the evening the same day, Deputy PM Vuong Dinh Hue left
Indonesia for Australia and New Zealand.-VNA



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