Vietnam, Indonesia to deepen strategic partnership

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held talks in Jakarta on Wednesday following a ceremony to welcome the Party leader.

Both expressed their delight at the development of bilateral ties over the past six decades, especially since the establishment of strategic partnership in 2013. They discussed major orientations to further deepen the Vietnam-Indonesia strategic partnership and push forward bilateral ties in all spheres in a more practical and effective manner. The leaders agreed to maintain regular visits and meetings at all levels and through different channels to increase mutual understanding and trust and promote mutually-beneficial cooperation while effectively upholding existing cooperation mechanisms, including the Bilateral Cooperation Committee and the Joint Committee on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation, as well as enhancing links between localities of the two nations.

The two sides shared a view that cooperation in defense and security is a bright spot in bilateral relations in recent years and also a very important pillar of cooperation that needs to be strengthened. On that basis, they pledged to coordinate closely in fighting terrorism, cyber and hi-tech crimes, human trafficking, drug trafficking and transnational crimes.

They pledged to accelerate and soon conclude negotiations on the demarcation of exclusive economic zones towards devising overall solutions, including settling issues related to fishing boats and fishermen in the spirit of humanity, friendship and solidarity within ASEAN, in line with the bilateral strategic partnership and on the basis of respect for each country's independence and sovereignty. At the talks, General Secretary Trong and President Widodo also exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern. They reiterated the importance of maintaining peace and stability in the region, ensuring security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, peacefully resolving disputes, and complying with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea . They also stressed the need to fully and effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and soon reach a Code of Conduct (COC) in the East Sea.

Both sides vowed to continue coordinating to well settle common issues, including counter-terrorism, piracy, arms race and nuclear weapon proliferation. The leaders promised to closely cooperate in terms of stance and action at international and regional forums, particularly the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC), and the United Nations, as well as regional and global economic and trade cooperation initiatives.

Both witnessed the signing of various cooperative agreements between the two countries.

Source: VOV5