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Hanoi (VNA) – The Indonesian Embassy together with the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam (DAV) held a seminar on Vietnam-Indonesia cooperation in Hanoi on December 19.

In his opening speech, Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Ibnu Hadi said the seminar aimed to review bilateral ties, challenges facing the two countries and the role of regional organisations in developing their cooperation.

DAV Deputy Director Le Hai Binh highlighted a visit to Indonesia by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong in August this year, saying it helped reinforce the strategic partnership between the two countries and promote new development steps in bilateral relations.

Vietnam-Indonesia trade increased to 5.6 billion USD in 2016 from 4.6 billion USD in 2012, with growth averaging five percent yearly. The two nations aim to reach 10 billion USD in bilateral trade in 2018.-VNA