Party chief starts Indonesia visit

Prime Minister Phan Van Khai began his first official visit to Indonesia from February 22-24 at the invitation of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno. The visit takes place at a time when the friendly and multi-faceted cooperative ties between Vietnam and Indonesia have seen fine developments.During the visit, the two sides will concretise the implementation of the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" and seek measures to boost multi-faceted co-operation for mutual benefit, especially in the areas of economics, trade and investment to match up to the fine political relations between the two countries.The two countries signed the "Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Cooperation Entering the 21st Century" during President Megawati Sukarnoputri’s visit to Vietnam in June 2003. The framework is considered an important legal foundation for further promoting all-round cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia.During President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyno’s visit to Vietnam in May 2005, the two countries agreed to turn bilateral relations into strategic partnership in the region. President Susilo affirmed that Indonesia wants its ties with Vietnam to become "an important pillar" of relationship in Southeast Asia.The Foreign Ministries of Vietnam and Indonesia held their first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) on August 13-14, 2005, to issue a memorandum of understanding on bilateral consultation. They discussed the establishment of a ministerial-level consultative mechanism for strategic issues and agreed to accelerate discussions for the signing of a Plan of Action as early as possible to implement the "Declaration on the…... [read more]

During their talks in Jakarta on July 23, NA Vice Chairman Son and his Indonesian counterpart Promono Anung Wibowo compared notes on regional and international issues of common concern and underlined the need to further enhance bilateral cooperation in bringing the strategic partnership to a higher level. Son described the newly-established Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership as a significant milestone in the development of diplomatic ties since 1955. Regarding the current situation in the East Sea, the NA Vice Chairman emphasized the importance of settling disputes by peaceful means including non-use of force or threat to use military force, respect for international law including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon finalizing a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC). Son appreciated Indonesia’s support for ASEAN's Six-Point Principles on the East Sea and the Joint Statement of the 15th ASEAN-China Summit on the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC). He thanked Indonesia for supporting Vietnam’s candidacy for the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term and affirmed that Vietnam will support Indonesia’s bid to run for a seat of the UN Security Council for the 2019-2020 term. Son proposed promoting the regular exchange of high-level delegations towards the establishment of a parliamentary friendship group and invited Indonesian House of Representatives Deputy Speaker Promono Anung Wibow to visit Vietnam at his convenience.…... [read more]

The top NA legislator Hung told this to Speaker of the People’s Consultative Assembly of Indonesia Sidarto Danusubroto who is paying an official visit to Vietnam from March 1-5. At the talks on March 3 in Hanoi, the two leaders pledged their best efforts to further strengthen the Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership to ensure peace, stability and development in Southeast Asia. They expressed their delight at the vigorous development of the two legislative bodies as well as the two nations over the recent past. NA Chairman Hung said he hopes the Indonesian delegation’s visit will help forge the time-honoured friendship and deepen the strategic partnership and parliamentary cooperation between the two nations. Hung praised both sides for signing the 2014-2018 action programm to realize the strategic partnership. He added that it is essential for ministries, sectors to work together on the effective implementation of the action programme, paying the way for the two countries to improve practical cooperation for mutual benefit. Regarding parliamentary cooperation, the Vietnamese NA leader suggested the two legislatures offer each other support at international and regional forums like the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) and closely coordinate in carrying out agreements effectively and properly. On the East Sea issue, Hung applauded Indonesia’s six-point Principle on the East Sea and asked regional parties concerned to fully implement ASEAN-China agreements aiming to ensure peace and maritime security and safety for a stable regional environment. Indonesian speaker Sidarto Danusubroto, in return, affirmed…... [read more]

In a meeting on the sidelines of the 22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China on November 10, the two leaders discussed measures to strengthen the Vietnam–Indonesia strategic partnership, including implementing the 2014-2018 Action Plan and facilitating visits at all levels. Both countries are set to prepare for the 60 th anniversary of diplomatic ties by fostering trade and investment cooperation with a view to increasing the value of two-way trade to US$10 billion by 2018 and continuing their joint efforts on national defence and security. With regard to global and regional issues of shared concern, they promised to work together to support the establishment of the ASEAN Community and at multilateral forums, such as the United Nations. President Truong Tan Sang invited Widodo to visit Vietnam in the near future. The later accepted and the timing will be arranged.... [read more]

Participants acknowledged new growth in two-way trade, increasing from US$2.1 billion in 2009 to US$4.7 billion in 2011 and reaching US$2.57 billion in the first seven months of 2012. Both sides emphasised the importance of encouraging the private sector to promote economic and trade activities and agreed to boost cooperation in trade promotion in their respective countries as well as a third country. The two ministers signed the minutes of the meeting and a protocol to amend the Memorandum of Understanding on rice trade between Vietnam and Indonesia in which Vietnam agreed to sell 1.5 million tonnes of white rice to Indonesia each year from the start of 2013 to the end of 2017. On investment, both sides encouraged cooperation in investment promotion through sharing information on foreign investment policy and environment, and exchanging delegations to grasp investment opportunities in their respective countries as well as training foreign investment management staff. Regarding energy, oil and gas and coal mining, the two sides encouraged the Vietnam National Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), Pertamina Oil and Gas Company of Indonesia and Petronas of Malaysia to boost tripartite cooperation mechanism which may serve as a model within ASEAN. Vietnam proposed that Indonesia facilitate PetroVietnam’s existing oil and gas exploitation projects with its Indonesian partners, including Natuna D-Alpha project. Both sides encouraged PetroVietnam to increase cooperation in exploiting crude oil, gas and coal as well as providing oil and gas services in Indonesia. Vietnam suggested Indonesia support its businesses in importing Indonesia’s coal and…... [read more]

In interviews granted to The Jakarta Post and Antara News of Indonesia, President Sang said that he and President Susilo Bambang Yuhoyono will announce the establishment of the Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership during the two-day visit. According to President Sang, bilateral relations have developed strongly over the years, especially after both countries signed a joint statement on a framework of friendship and comprehensive cooperation in the 21st century in June 2003. They have signed more than 30 cooperation agreements in key areas such as politics, national defence, security, economics, trade, investment, education and agriculture, laying a legal firm foundation for comprehensive cooperation in the future. President Sang said Vietnam and Indonesia are developing a new action plan to further strengthen political and economic ties, aiming to surpass the US$5 billion two-way trade target ahead of the 2015 schedule and look to the US$8 billion mark by 2018. The new plan also aims to expand bilateral cooperation in other potential areas such as education-training, fishing, oil and gas, culture, sports, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. He hailed Indonesia’s increasing role in Southeast Asia, Asia and the Pacific, and the world at large. As a key ASEAN member, he said Indonesia has introduced numerous strategic initiatives for cooperation within the grouping and between ASEAN and its dialogue partners, including the 2003 Declaration of ASEAN Concord II (Bali Concord II), and the 2011 Bali Declaration on the ASEAN Community in a Global Community of Nations (Bali Concord III). As ASEAN President in 2011, Indonesia took…... [read more]

He was speaking to Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Hoang Anh Tuan during the latter’s courtesy visit in Jakarta on December 8. Minister Ryacudu expressed his hope for new developments in the two countries’ relations and their defence cooperation during the new ambassador’s working term. He noted that security and defence affiliations between the two countries have progressed soundly, reflected in more visits and practical talks that dealt with not only bilateral issues but also regional and global matters. He stressed that Vietnam and Indonesia have important strategic interests and need to work together closely in maintaining peace and security in the East Sea. Ambassador Tuan pledged that he will do its utmost to boost cooperation and exchanges to promote mutual understanding and trust between the Vietnamese and Indonesian people and armies. In the context of regional and international complications, stepping up defence cooperation between the two countries plays an important role in preserving peace and security in the region, he said. He took the occasion to relay the invitation to visit Vietnam from Defence Minister Phung Quang Thanh to Minister Ryacudu. Minister Ryacudu accepted the invitation, saying he will arrange the visit in the earliest time. Vietnam and Indonesia signed an agreement on combating crimes in 2005, a memorandum on enhancing cooperation between defence officers and related activities in 2010, and an agreement on establishing strategic partnership in June 2013. On the sidelines of the Asia-Africa Summit in Indonesia in April 2015, President Truong Tan Sang and President Joko Widodo…... [read more]

Opening the event, Chairman of the Vietnam – Indonesia Friendship Association Nguyen Dang Tien recalled milestones accomplished by the two nations. Vietnam and Indonesia established diplomatic ties at the consular level on December 30, 1955 and upgraded to ambassadorial level a decade later. In 2003, during former Indonesian President Megawati’s trip to Vietnam, both sides signed a comprehensive partnership agreement. They agreed to elevate bilateral ties to strategic partnership in September 2011 as Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited Indonesia. The partnership was realised in June 2013 during President Truong Tan Sang’s Indonesia visit. In October 2013, the two countries’ foreign ministers inked an action plan to implement Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership for 2014-2018. Indonesia is Vietnam’s fourth largest trade partner in ASEAN. The two countries target to raise two-way trade to US$10 billion by 2018 from US$5.6 billion in 2014. The two nations have maintained strong security-defence relations through cooperation at ASEAN’s regional forum and defence minister conferences. Every year, 50,000 Vietnamese tourists arrive in Indonesia, and 80,000 Indonesians travelled to Vietnam. Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Mayerfas said he was delighted at these achievements and expressed his belief in the ties’ future development. The ceremony featured a musical concert performed by Vietnamese and Indonesian troupes.... [read more]

Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu is set to meet with several high-ranking Vietnamese officials to discuss the two nations’ relationship during his visit to the country from August 7 to 9. Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu is set to meet with several high-ranking Vietnamese officials to discuss the two nations’ relationship during his visit to the country from August 7 to 9. The Indonesian minister was welcomed by his Vietnamese counterpart Ngo Xuan Lich at the headquarters of the Ministry of National Defense in Hanoi on Monday morning. This is the first visit to Vietnam by Minister Ryacudu after assuming his position. The Vietnamese host considered the trip to be of great significance to the enhancement of the traditional relationship between the two countries’ armies and peoples, contributing to the Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership. Hanoi always respects and exerts all efforts to deepen the ties for the sake of the peoples’ interests, peace, stability, cooperation, and the development of ASEAN, the region and the world, according to Minister Lich. ASEAN is short for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, which is a political and economic organization whose members include Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Vietnam and Indonesia are neighbors at sea and members of the ASEAN Community, Minister Ryacudu stated, adding that his country hopes to cement the cooperative and friendly relationship with Vietnam. The two officials discussed several regional and global issues, saying that there had been positive achievements in the two nations’…... [read more]

PANO – Vietnamese Defense Minister, General Ngo Xuan Lich hosted a reception ceremony on August 8 for Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, who is on an official visit from August 7 to 9 to Vietnam at the invitation of his Vietnamese counterpart. This is the first visit to Vietnam of Mr. Ryamizard Ryacudu in his capacity as the Indonesian Defense Minister. After the reception, the two defense ministers led two high-ranking defense delegations to have talks. The two ministers greeting each other and introducing to each other members of the other delegation The two ministers introduced to each other members of each delegation. At the meeting, he Vietnamese Defense Minister again welcomed his Indonesian counterpart and his entourage to Vietnam, saying that the visit will contribute significantly to strengthening traditional friendly ties between the two armies and peoples as well as the Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership toward practical and effective outcomes. He said, “Vietnam and Indonesia have enjoyed a long-standing good relationship, which was established by President Ho Chi Minh and President Sucarno, and fostered by generations of leaders and people of the two countries. Images of the reception ceremony The Vietnamese Defense Minister affirmed that Vietnam always attaches much importance to its relations with the Indonesian army and people and wants to deepen the traditional good relationship between the two countries for benefits of each nation and for peace, stability, cooperation and development of the ASEAN Community, the region and world. For his part, the Indonesian Defense Minister thanked the…... [read more]

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