HCM City desires closer ties with Indonesia, Italy

VOV.VN - Nguyen Van Nen, secretary of the Ho Chi Minh City Party Committee, received Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Denny Abdi and Italian Consul General in the city Enrico Padula on July 28 as the southern city strives to develop ties with the two nations.

During the meeting with the Indonesian diplomat, Nen said that the southern metropolis is anticipating creating stronger ties between his city and Indonesia in economic, political, and social affairs moving forward.

He also requested that the two sides launch a range of activities, which aim to enhance connectivity and offer mutual support in terms of post-pandemic economic recovery.

The Indonesian Ambassador therefore pledged greater contributions to help take the joint strategic partnership to new heights and elevate bilateral trade to US$15 billion by 2028, as targeted by leaders of both sides.

Both host and guest concurred with the view that the two countries boast a young population, meaning they need to pay closer attention to education and cultural, as well as historical research for young people.

Meeting with new Consul General Enrico Padula, Nen called on the Italian Consulate General to continue promoting multifaceted ties between the Southern European country and Ho Chi Minh City, especially in education and research, thereby helping to further intensify the joint strategic partnership.

The Italian Consul General vowed to make greater efforts to strengthen Italy's co-operation with Ho Chi Minh City and other Vietnamese localities in potential co-operation areas.

A number of activities are set to be jointly held by the two sides ahead in 2023, with events being organized to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, as well as enhance collaboration in economics, culture, education, and tourism, he added.