Indonesia attaches special importance to and gives great priority to developing its ties with Vietnam, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Hanoi on April 3.

The Indonesian diplomat, who is on a two-day visit since April 2, informed her host of the results of her talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, expressing her belief that the bilateral relations will grow stronger in the coming time.

She said the two sides agreed to accelerate the implementation of the Action Plan on enhancing the Vietnam-Indonesia Strategic Partnership in the 2014-2018 period, as well as forge economic, trade and investment links to lift two-way trade to 10 billion USD in 2018.

PM Dung said he believes that the Indonesian FM’s visit will contribute to stepping up the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between the two nations.

He said there is still room for both sides to further tap the potential for cooperation, particularly in economy, trade and investment.

The PM noted that as neighbours and members of ASEAN, Vietnam and Indonesia need to promote dialogues for defining their exclusive economic zones at sea, adding that while the negotiations are yet to conclude, he hopes the Indonesian side will treat Vietnamese fishermen and fishing boats violating Indonesia’s territorial waters in the spirit of the traditional friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.

Vietnam is willing to work with Indonesia to address arising issues related to this, the Vietnamese leader affirmed.

Concurring with PM Dung’s suggestion, Marsudi said her country will team up with Vietnam to settle all arising problems.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the guest affirmed that her country backs the strict and full respect of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and the early building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.-VNA