General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nguyen Phu Trong (R) welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Hanoi (Photo: VNA)

He welcomed the state visit to Vietnam by President Widodo and highlighted its significance as the two countries enter a new stage of development after 63 years of diplomatic ties and five years of strategic partnership (2013-2018).

The Party chief asked both sides to boost cooperation across all fields, especially in trade, investment, and cultural exchange, as well as within the framework of ASEAN and regional and international forums for peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world as whole.

President Widodo expressed his pleasure in meeting Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong again when he attended the World Economic Forum on ASEAN (WEF ASEAN) in Hanoi. He said he is glad to witness Vietnam’s recent achievements in socio-economic development under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam.

The President briefed the General Secretary on outcomes of his meetings with Presidents Trang Dai Quang and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, while affirming Indonesia will closely coordinate with Vietnam in maintaining peace, stability, and cooperation in the region, as well as in building the strong and united ASEAN Community.

He expressed his wish to promote comprehensive collaboration through the Party, Government, and people channels in the time ahead, especially in the exchange of delegations.

On this occasion, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, on behalf of the Party, Government, and people of Vietnam, extended deep sympathy on the great losses caused by recent earthquakes in Lombok to President Widodo, the Government, and people of Indonesia./.

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