Vietnam wants Indonesia hotline support for fishermen

By Nhu Tam   May 9, 2023 | 02:38 pm PT
Vietnam wants Indonesia hotline support for fishermen
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh meets with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Indonesia's Labuan Bajo. Photo by VNA
Vietnam and Indonesia should strengthen their maritime cooperation and set up hotlines for fishers, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh told Indonesian President Joko Widodo Tuesday.

At a meeting in Labuan Bajo Town in Indonesia, he said the two sides should foster commercial ties, and called on Indonesia to allow Vietnamese goods better access to its markets.

The leaders agreed to increase official exchanges, utilize bilateral cooperation mechanisms and implement agreements the two nations have signed to achieve deeper and more comprehensive cooperation.

Widodo said he greatly valued Chinh's counsel and that Indonesia highly regarded its strategic partnership with Vietnam.

The two sides agreed to step up cooperation in new areas such as digital transformation.

On issues related to the South China Sea, both sides reiterated their support to ASEAN's central role and common stance and for all parties abiding by international laws and agreements.

Also on Tuesday Chinh met with his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen.

The two leaders agreed to effectively implement bilateral agreements and help each other build their economies.

They agreed to mutually provide opportunities to businesses in the two countries, especially in areas such as border trade.

Chinh is participating in activities within the framework of the 42nd ASEAN Summit being held from May 9 to 11 at Labuan Bajo.

Leaders of ASEAN member countries and around 550 other delegates are participating in the event.

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