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Thursday, February 23, 2006

Indonesia leader, Vietnam premier vow to boost bilateral, regional ties

Text of report in English by Vietnamese news agency VNA website

Jakarta, 22 February: Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai arrived in Jakarta on 22 February, beginning an official visit to Indonesia at the invitation of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

PM Khai was welcomed at the airport by Foreign Minister Hasan Wirayudha and Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik.

After an official welcoming ceremony held at the Presidential Office in the afternoon by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, PM Khai and President Yudhoyono met and the two sides later held talks.

President Yudhoyono highlighted the significance of the visit in promoting Indonesia-Vietnam strategic comprehensive partnership, saying the visit not only marked a new step of development in the two countries' traditional friendship and multifaceted cooperation, but also the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties (30 December 1955).

PM Khai said he believed that his first visit to Indonesia in the capacity of Vietnamese prime minister would markedly contribute to further expanding the two countries' ties.

The two sides discussed specific measures to broaden and strengthen the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation and exchanged views on international and regional issues of mutual concern.

They expressed pleasure at the fine development of the Vietnam-Indonesia relationship over the past five decades and emphasized the need to further enhance multifaceted, long-term and stable cooperative ties between the two countries in the principle of respecting independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of each other.

The two leaders agreed on assigning the Ministries of Foreign Affairs to quickly design the 2006-2010 plan of action to lay a firm foundation for the two countries to effectively implement their Joint Declaration.

They reached a consensus in creating a more attractive and favourable environment for cooperation in trade and investment cooperation as well as in agro-forestry and fisheries, oil and gas, energy, healthcare, culture, tourism, education-training, security and defence, environmental protection. Bilateral cooperation was also agreed in the fight against terrorism, trans-national crimes, epidemics and natural disasters.

PM Khai and Indonesian president were unanimous in holding the fourth session of the Joint Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation in Hanoi. They also applauded the signing of an agreement on tourism cooperation between the Vietnam Administration of Tourism and the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The leaders spoke highly of the coordination between the two countries at international and regional forums and reaffirmed their commitments to promote the close partnership between the two countries in boosting peace, stability and economic development in the region and the world.

They also reiterated their commitments to support the establishment of the ASEAN community, with security-political cooperation, economic cooperation and cultural-social cooperation being the three major factors for its development.

The Indonesian president said he believed that the 2006 APEC Summit in Vietnam will help boost cooperation among APEC member economies, making Asia-Pacific a dynamic community for prosperity and sustainable development.
The two leaders highlighted the close cooperation between the two countries through their support for Indonesia to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2007-2008 term and for Vietnam in the 2008-2009 term.

VNA news agency website, Hanoi, in English 22 Feb 06
BBC Monitoring

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