Hanoi (VNA) – The Embassy of Indonesia in Hanoi celebrated its country’s 72nd Independence Day (August 17, 1945) at a ceremony on August 17 with guests being representatives from Vietnam’s agencies and Indonesia’s economic groups, companies and community in Vietnam.

Addressing the celebration, Ambassador Ibnu Hadi reviewed his country’s relations with Vietnam across diplomatic, economic and trade affairs.

He stressed that the bilateral relations have been fostered and tested within the ASEAN framework aiming to maintain peace, stability and security in the region and the globe.

The relations have been thriving after the two countries set up their strategic partnership in 2013. That Vietnam is the only strategic partner of Indonesia in ASEAN showed Vietnam is important and strategic to Indonesia and vice versa, he said.

The ambassador stated that the relations are being reinforced as the two countries’ State, and Government senior officials made more contacts in Indonesia and Vietnam and at international forums.

Referring to economic, trade and investment activities, the diplomat noted that in the first half of this year, two-way trade hit 3.18 billion USD, expanding by 24.18 percent year on year.

He expressed his hope that the entire Indonesian community in Vietnam will always work together to develop their home country and the ties with Vietnam across the board.-VNA