Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong is welcomed at Soekarno- Hatta International Airport (Photo: VNA)

Jakarta (VNA) – Speaker of the People’s
Representative Council of Indonesia Setya Novanto met with Vietnam’s Party
General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong on August 22, noting that his country
attaches importance to enhancing the friendship and multifaceted cooperation
with Vietnam.

Welcoming the Vietnamese leader’s official
visit, Novanto expressed his admiration for the country’s struggle for national
independence while valuing its enormous achievements over the three decades of
reforms, especially in spurring economic growth, maintaining political and
social stability, and improving people’s living standards.

General Secretary Trong noted his good
impression of Indonesia and recalled the memories between late Presidents Ho
Chi Minh and Sukarno. He congratulated Indonesia on major attainments in all
aspects, voicing his belief that Indonesian people will continue to obtain more
accomplishments in the time ahead.

The two sides shared the view that both Vietnam
and Indonesia play important roles in ASEAN. They are trustworthy partners of
each other and share many similar interests and viewpoints.

The countries should expand relations via the
channels of Parties, Governments, parliaments and people’s organisations, thus
helping to reinforce their traditional friendship and strategic partnership,
the leaders said.

They agreed to boost bilateral trade to 8
billion USD in 2018 and 10 billion USD in the near future.

At the meeting, General Secretary Trong and
Speaker Novanto highly valued the comprehensive, positive and effective
relationship between the National Assembly of Vietnam and the People’s
Representative Council of Indonesia.

[Vietnam, Indonesia seek to promote all-round cooperation]

Both sides need to step up cooperation in all
spheres, including increasing delegation exchanges between their subordinate
committees and enhancing activities of parliamentary friendship groups, so as
to foster cooperation and experience sharing between the two legislative

They should also step up information exchange,
close coordination and mutual support at international and regional forums such
as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly,
and the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum, the leaders added.

Party General Secretary Trong said he hopes the
People’s Representative Council of Indonesia and the National Assembly of
Vietnam, as the representative agencies of the two countries’ people, will have
more active contributions to the bilateral friendship, multifaceted cooperation
and strategic partnership.

On this ocassion, he delivered an invitation to
visit Vietnam from National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan to Speaker
Novanto, who accepted the invitation with pleasure.

Novanto asked his guest to convey his invitation
to Chairwoman Ngan to attend the IPU Assembly in Bali on September 6.-VNA