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Vietnamese Prime Minister Holds Talks With Indonesian President Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Meeting

April 24, 2021 | 09:37

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh on April 23 held talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo at Bogor Presidential Palace, one day ahead of the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting.

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Holds Talks With Indonesian President Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh arrives at the Bogor Presidential Palace for his first-ever meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo. Photo: VGP

President Widodo warmly congratulated Pham upon his election as Prime Minister of Viet Nam, expressing his admiration for the country’s achievements in COVID-19 management and economic recovery.

Indonesia attaches importance to further strengthening the traditional friendship and strategic partnership with Viet Nam, Widodo affirmed.

Meanwhile, Pham said Viet Nam remains consistent with its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multi-lateralization and diversification of external relations, and proactive and active international integration.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Holds Talks With Indonesian President Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left) and Indonesian President Joko Widodo at the Bogor Presidential Palace, April 23, 2021. Photo: VGP

The country treasures and will spare no efforts to consolidate and expand the strategic partnership with Indonesia, Pham reiterated.

The two leaders agreed to coordinate in realizing the action plan for the implementation of the Viet Nam-Indonesia strategic partnership for 2019-2023 period as well as the Vision for bilateral defense cooperation for 2018-2023 period.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Holds Talks With Indonesian President Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Meeting
Photo: Vietnamplus

The pair discussed measures to beef up economic cooperation, especially ways to ease trade barriers in a bid to soon raise the two-way trade volume to US$10 billion in a more balanced manner.

They agreed to soon resume flights when the circumstance allows, consider Vietnamese low-cost airline VietJet Air to open air routes from Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City to Jakarta, and foster pharmacy, sea and ocean cooperation, including partnership between the two countries’ coast guards.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Holds Talks With Indonesian President Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Meeting

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Indonesian President Joko Widodo hold talks the Bogor Presidential Palance. Photo: VGP

The two leaders underlined the necessity to soon complete negotiation on exclusive economic zone demarcation to create legal framework for the sides to further enhance cooperation and reduce illegal fishing, contributing to maintaining peace, cooperation and development in the region, VGP reported.

President Widodo spoke highly of Pham’s participation in the ASEAN Leaders’ Meeting, which indicates Viet Nam’s sense of responsibility.

Both sides vowed to continue close and effective collaboration at regional and international forums, particularly ASEAN and the United Nations.

They also agreed to work with other ASEAN member states to step up the settlement of Myanmar issue towards swift stabilization of the situation, reduction of violence and civilian casualties, and restoration of dialogues to seek peaceful solutions to Myanmar, and for peace and stability in the region and the world.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Holds Talks With Indonesian President Ahead of Regional Leaders’ Meeting
Photo: VGP

Both Pham and Widodo agreed to maintain ASEAN’s shared positions on the Bien Dong Sea (internationally known as the South China Sea) issue, effectively implement the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the Bien Dong Sea (DOC), and early conclude negotiation on an efficient and effective Code of Conduct in the Bien Dong Sea (COC) in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982).

PM Pham took the occasion to invite President Widodo to visit Viet Nam at a convenient time and the latter accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh led a Vietnamese delegation to the ASEAN Leaders Meeting in Indonesia, marking his first overseas trip.

The PM and his entourage arrived in Indonesia’s capital Jakarta Friday afternoon, Vnexpress reported.

A report on the government portal said Chinh and the Vietnamese delegation will attend the summit at the headquarters of the ASEAN Secretariat on Friday and Saturday at the invitation of Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, which currently serves as the ASEAN Chair.

This is the first overseas trip as prime minister by Chinh, who was sworn in on April 5. The trip affirms the priority Vietnam assigns to tighten and strengthen relationships of solidarity and mutual assistance with fellow ASEAN members, contributing to enhancing the role and position of the bloc in solving challenges and creating a peaceful and favorable environment for the sustainable development of each country and the region.

Among other things, the summit will discuss the political instability in Myanmar, as proposed by Brunei last month.

Myanmar has fallen into crisis since the army seized power and detained government leader Aung San Suu Kyi and much of her party leadership on February 1. Hundreds of thousands of people have been coming onto the streets to protest the coup and at least 739 people have been killed.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, the head of the Myanmar military, is expected to join the summit.

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