| Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R)and visiting Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi (Photo:VGP)
The two diplomats showed their elation at the time-honoured friendship, strategic partnership, and growing economic cooperation between the two countries in recent years, with two-way trade in 2019 estimated to stand at US$9.6 billion.
The pair concurred to hold celebratory activities as both nations are due to celebrate the 65th anniversary of their bilateral diplomatic relations in 2020 with a view to raising public awareness about the sound bilateral ties.
Additionally, they would redouble efforts to improve bilateral cooperative mechanisms, including the 4th meeting of the Vietnam – Indonesia Cooperation Committee and the 8th meeting of the joint committee on economic, scientific and technological cooperation, as well as accelerate the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Action Plan 2019-2023.
Regarding regional and international issues of shared concerns, the two FMs highlighted the Vietnam – Indonesia cooperation as an important part in each nation’s development, which has contributed to regional peace and stability.
They underscored the need to maintain the central role of the ASEAN, especially when Vietnam undertakes its role as the ASEAN Chair and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) next year.
Indonesia affirms its support for Vietnam’s initiatives during the ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020 with the theme of “Cohesive and Resilient”, Retno Marsudi told her host.
The two sides reached a consensus on promoting the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) which was adopted at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Thailand in June, calling it an important basis for the regional bloc to beef up collaboration with foreign partners in the time to come.
Host and guest also expressed their concerns over the recent developments in the East Sea, and condemned the activities that violate legitimate rights of littoral countries and hinder normal and long-lasting economic activities, saying they seriously affect regional peace, stability and security, run counter to the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties on the East Sea (DOC), and affect the favourable environment for negotiations on the Code of Conduct (COC).
They agreed that both nations alongside other ASEAN member states should work to maintain their common voice and ASEAN’s central role to settle the disputes on the basis of respect to international law, including the 1982 United Nations Conventions on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS 1982).
The two diplomats were of the same mind about closer coordination in the framework of the United Nations, especially the UNSC in 2020.
Indonesia pledged to support Vietnam in successfully fulfilling its role as the UNSC Chair in January 2020, and applauded the latter’s initiative to organize an open discussion about the 75th anniversary of the UN Charter, and a seminar to deliver report on the UN – ASEAN cooperation in maintaining regional and global peace and security.