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Vietnam, Indonesia look to brighter future

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Growing ties between Vietnam and Indonesia will continue to thrive, paving the way for further advancements in bilateral relations, said Agustaviano Sofian, consul general of Indonesia in HCMC.

His remarks were given at a ceremony commemorating the 68th anniversary of Vietnam-Indonesia diplomatic relations (1955-2023) and the 10th anniversary of the strategic partnership between the two nations (2013-2023).

The event, held by the Consulate General of Indonesia in HCMC, was attended by former Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Denny Abdi, and representatives from foreign diplomatic corps in HCMC.

Consul General Sofian underscored the need of fostering collaboration between Vietnam and Indonesia to cultivate a mutually advantageous partnership, driven by the common goal of promoting sustainable development.

The two countries have the potential to enhance cooperation in several fields, such as renewable energy, digital economy, fisheries, and agriculture.

In Southeast Asia, Indonesia is currently the third largest trading partner of Vietnam, while Hanoi emerges as Jakarta’s fourth largest. The two countries have exceeded their bilateral trade target by 2023, with US$14 billion in revenue.

In September, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Indonesian President Joko Widodo agreed to bolster the strategic partnership between the two countries and explore the potential for advancing bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in the future.

Consul General Agustaviano Sofian delivers his opening remarks
Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Denny Abdi (2nd, R), former Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang (C), and Vice Chairman of the HCMC People’s Committee Vo Van Hoan (2nd, L)
Consul General Sofian (R) and his wife (2nd, R) pose for a group photo with guests on stage
Vo Van Hoan, HCMC vice chairman, says that the city is committed to fostering bilateral ties between Vietnam and Indonesia, making substantial contribution towards the creation of a harmonious, peaceful, and prosperous ASEAN Community
Indonesian singers perform some viral hits to liven up the night
Local dancers’ performances showcase the cultural ties between Vietnam and Indonesia

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