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Vietnam, Indonesia look to upgrade bilateral ties

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and Indonesian President Joko Widodo have 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.

This announcement was made during their second meeting this year, which took place on September 4 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The meeting coincided with Prime Minister Chinh’s visit to Indonesia to participate in the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related high-level meetings from September 4 to 7.

Both leaders outlined plans to reinforce dialogues and exchanges at all levels between the two nations. They expressed optimism regarding significant achievements in their bilateral cooperation, especially in the celebration of the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Indonesia, as well as the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of their respective National Day in 2025.

Prime Minister Chinh emphasized the importance of maintaining the momentum of trade development, with a target of reaching US$15 billion in two-way trade by 2028. He also proposed encouraging investments in emerging areas such as digital technology, the green economy, energy transition, and electric vehicle development.

President Widodo praised Vietnam for its robust support and assistance during Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship this year. He additionally suggested expanding marine collaboration and sustainable fisheries cooperation between the two countries.

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