Viet Nam, Indonesia Agree on Culture, Anti-corruption

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung’s first official visit to Indonesia on Wednesday produced memorandums of understanding on cultural cooperation and anti-corruption.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono receives Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (L) at the airport on Aug 8

Vietnamese and Indonesian leaders also vowed to get to work on the joint Declaration on the Framework of Friendly and Comprehensive Partnership Entering the 21st Century, which was signed in June 2003.

Prime Minister Dung and President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono made the commitment during their talks after PM Dung arrived in Jakarta for his two-day official visit.

The two leaders spoke highly of the signing of the 2003 border demarcation agreement that was later approved by their respective National Assemblies.

They also heaped praise on government ministries and branches for their implementation of agreements on security, defense, social and cultural affairs, and economics.

The creation of a more attractive environment for bilateral trade and investment after recording a record US$1.7 billion trade turnover in 2006 was also high on the list of the talks.

The two statesmen continued to encourage growth and cooperation across the breadth of the two countries’ economies.

Within the ASEAN framework, the two leaders pledged to support the establishment of the ASEAN community.

They expressed their belief in the success of the visit to Indonesia by PM Dung, which will contribute to bringing the Viet Nam-Indonesia relationship closer to a strategic partnership.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung (L) talks with the Indonesian President at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta on Aug 8

After his arrival, PM Dung traveled to the Presidential Palace in Jakarta for talks with host president Yudhoyono. The Vietnamese PM also had a meeting with Indonesian Vice President Yusuf Kalla to whom he conveyed congratulations for the Indonesian government on its achievements in national construction and his hope that Indonesia’s role and position in regional and international arenas would continue to grow.

When speaking to VP Kalla, who is also leader of one of the archipelago’s major parties, the PM expressed his hope that he would contribute to boosting the relationship between the two countries.

PM Dung stated Viet Nam’s desire to attach importance to relations with Indonesia and stressed that their ties had been established over five decades ago between President Ho Chi Minh and President Sukarno.

VP Kalla said he hoped PM Dung’s visit would pave the way for a new era in the two ASEAN members’ ties.

Addressing the Viet Nam-Indonesia business forum organized by their respective chambers of industry and commerce, PM Dung again reiterated the long-lasting traditional relationship enjoyed by the two countries.

He noted that the Viet Nam-Indonesia Joint Declaration signed in 2003 acted as an important legal foundation to improve their economies, trade and investment.

He singled out bilateral trade turnover for 2006, which reached US$1.7 billion, and that turnover in the first half of 2007 was already pushing the US$1.5 billion mark.

PM Dung affirmed that Viet Nam will create favorable conditions for Indonesian investors in the budding Asian economy before the two chambers of industry and commerce signed a cooperation deal, concluding the forum.

Source: VNA - Compiled by Thuy Hang

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