The former Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam, Pitono Purnomo, has been
awarded Vietnam’s Friendship Order for his active contributions to
fostering friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two
Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh
presented the award to Pitono Purnomo in Hanoi on June 14 as the
former ambassador was visiting Vietnam as Head of the Policy
Analysis and Development Agency, under the Indonesian Foreign Ministry.
When speaking at the presentation, Minister Minh
said he was delighted with the positive developments in the traditional
friendship and comprehensive cooperation between both countries,
particularly after President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited Vietnam
in October 2010 and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung visited Indonesia
in September 2011.
Minh suggested that both
Foreign Ministries work closer together to speed up the 2012-2015 action
programme and organise senior-level visits between both countries.
Pitono Purnomo, who served in Vietnam from 2008 to 2011, stated
that in his new position, he will continue to help strengthen friendship
and cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia.-VNA