Thursday, June 27, 2013

Vietnamese President Sang to visit Indonesia to upgrade ties

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang will arrive in Jakarta on Thursday for a two-day state visit to further cement strategic partnership between the two countries, a Vietnamese envoy has said.

“It will be our President’s first visit to Indonesia. It will be a historic visit and the main purpose of the visit will be to upgrade existing relations,” Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Nguyen Xuan Thuy said at a press conference in Jakarta on Monday.

During his two-day trip, President Sang, who assumed his post in July 2011, will hold discussions with Yudhoyono on Thursday on a wide range of issues that will cover the entire gamut of bilateral ties as well as regional and global issues.

“During the visit, the leaders of both countries will witness the signing of several important bilateral agreements to further strengthen ties,” Ambassador Thuy said.

Among the agreements that are set to be signed, Thuy said, included the agreement on mutual assistance in law enforcement, a repatriation agreement, a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in finance, fisheries, agriculture and energy sectors.

Representatives from Vietnam’s top 20 companies, Thuy said, would be accompanying President Sang.

“Our president will have a direct meeting with 10 Indonesian CEOs on Friday,” Thuy said.

Both countries, which signed a Friendly and Comprehensive Partnership Agreement in 2003 and a Strategic Partnership Action Plan 2012-2015 in 2011, have set a bilateral trade target of US$5 billion by 2015.-The Jakarta Post

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