Jakarta (VNA) – Deputy Speaker of the People’s Representative Council (DPR) of Indonesia Fahri Hamzah on December 14 received outgoing Vietnamese Ambassador Hoang Anh Tuan, who pledged to keep contributing to the two countries’ relations in his new post.

At the meeting in Jakarta, the two sides shared the view that the traditional friendship between Vietnam and Indonesia was founded by late Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Sukarno and nurtured by generations of the countries’ leaders and people. Bilateral ties are strongly developing in multiple spheres and became a strategic partnership that benefits both nations.

Deputy Speaker Fahri Hamzah affirmed that his country always treasures cooperation with Vietnam. He is looking forward to leading a parliamentary delegation of Indonesia to the 26th Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF 26), slated for January, 2018 in Vietnam.

He noted that Indonesia has taken part in the APPF since its establishment in 1993 and hosted the 14th meeting of the forum in Jakarta in 2006. Many of its initiatives have been recognised, including the one on organising female parliamentarians’ meetings.

For his part, Tuan said the Indonesian delegation’s participation in the APPF 26 will help step up multifaceted cooperation between the two parliaments and the two countries, thus contributing to the APPF’s role in resolving regional and global issues and to peace and development in the world.

The outgoing ambassador appreciated the support that the Indonesian parliament and the DPR Deputy Speaker have given to him during his tenure.

He stressed that in the new position of Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN, he will continue working to strengthen multifaceted cooperation between the two ASEAN members and promote a united, inter-connected, resilient and prosperous ASEAN for the sake of each country’s people, as well as peace, stability, cooperation and development.-VNA