Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga stated that this award was given for the active and tireless efforts of Ambassador Ibnu Hadi to promote cordial cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia, including in building and fostering friendly relations between the people of the two countries.
"I am very impressed with the various activities carried out by Ambassador Ibnu Hadi and the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi in various fields to promote friendship between the two nations," said Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga in her remarks. "Ambassador Ibnu Hadi is one of the most active ambassadors in Vietnam who organizes various diplomatic activities and participates in many activities organized by VUFO and other parties in Vietnam," she added.
The award ceremony was also attended by the Chairman of the Vietnam - Indonesia Friendship Association (VIFA), Nguyen Dang Tien, officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and the Vietnam Communist Party, as well as local media.
In his remarks, Ambassador Ibnu Hadi expressed his gratitude for the noble award given to him. The last year of his assignment in Vietnam was even more special because it coincided with Vietnam's Chairmanship in ASEAN 2020 and the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Vietnam (30/12/1955 - 30/12/2020).
In the last 4.5 years, bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Vietnam in the fields of politics, trade, investment, socio-culture, and people-to-people relations have seen remarkable developments.
"Although this year we could not reach the total trade target of 10 billion dollars due to the impact of the pandemic, in the first nine months of 2020, bilateral trade between Indonesia and Vietnam had reached 5.73 billion dollars. I am sure that during the economic recovery, the two countries will be able to achieve this target," he said.
VUFO is an organization mandated by the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam with the mission of developing people-to-people diplomacy and promoting peace, solidarity, friendship and cooperation between nations. The Medal for Peace and Friendship among Nations is the highest award given by VUFO to those who actively contribute to strengthening bilateral cooperation and good relations with Vietnam./.