Vietnam attaches a great deal of importance to its traditional friendship with Indonesia and desires to lift relations into a new height, said State President Nguyen Minh Triet in Hanoi on August 19.

President Triet spoke highly of Indonesia’s role in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and in regional and international forums like the APEC, AIPA, EAS while receiving Speaker of Indonesia’s House of Representatives Agung Laksono Soemono, who is on an official Vietnam friendship visit from August 18-20.

The President congratulated the successful organisation of Indonesia’s general elections for Parliament and President and expressed his belief that Indonesia will continue to register many great achievements in the process of construction and development in the country.

President Triet stressed that Vietnam encourages Indonesian businesses to invest in Vietnam. In the near future, a delegation of Vietnamese businessmen will make a fact-finding tour of Indonesia to seek cooperation opportunities.

Speaker of the Indonesian House Agung Laksono Soemono, reported outstanding results from his talks with National Assembly’s Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong during which top priority was given to concrete cooperation plans between the two countries’ parliaments and their sub-committees.

On the same day, during his meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Speaker Agung thanked Vietnam for the warm sentiments it conveyed to him and his delegation, expressing his hope that Vietnam and Indonesia will boost the development of their relations in economy, trade and investment.

PM Nguyen Tan Dung applauded the Indonesian House delegation’s visit, saying that it has given impetus to boosting further cooperation between the two nations.

He also said that the two countries should enhance joint efforts--especially in economy, trade and investment--to reach a more comprehensive and deeper level, bringing practical benefits to both sides.

The PM added that Vietnam would like to work with Indonesia in maritime affairs, in terms of joint sea patrols, and fishing./.