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The Secretary General of Vietnam Communist Party (PKV) Nguyen Phu Trong is scheduled to visit Indonesia from Tuesday (22/08/2017). Mr. Nguyen will meet President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and a number of high-ranking Indonesian officials.

The PKV secretary general’s visit will last until August 24, 2017. A number of Vietnamese ministers will join him. The participation of the ministers of Vietnam was conveyed by Director General of Asia Pacific and Africa (Aspas-Af) of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Desra Percaya, Monday (8/21/2017).

“I need to emphasize the Secretary General of PKV is the highest authority in Vietnam and will be accompanied by relevant ministers, and business people. In addition to meeting with the President, he will also hold meetings with MPR, DPR and DPD leaders, and will also speak at business forums, “said Desra.

The focus of Nguyen’s visit to Indonesia, continued Desra, to boost cooperation between the two countries in various fields. According to Desra, Nguyen’s visit to Indonesia is very important.

The Secretary General of Vietnam Communist Party (PKV) Nguyen Phu Trong is scheduled to meet President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) and a number of high-ranking Indonesian officials.

Desra continued, one of the reasons why Nguyen’s visit is important is that Vietnam is currently chairman of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) which will hold a summit in November.

Vietnam and Indonesia’s friendship has always been a solid one. Back during the American invasion of Vietnam, Rempang Island which is now connected to Batam, become the safe haven for Vietnamese refugees who then repatriated by the UNHCR. The transfer of the camp (technically, “Sinam Camp”) from the UNHCR to the Indonesian Batam Industrial Development Authority (BIDA) took place officially in 1997.

“Vietnam invites the President to come, and is looking forward to his participation. At APEC, Indonesia will bring a roadmap of rural development and poverty alleviation, “said the former Indonesian Ambassador to the UN.

In addition, Vietnam is also noted as a country whose economic growth is high in the region. Desra added that Nguyen’s visit to Jakarta is also expected to be a momentum for the completion of the Exclusive Economic Zone (ZEE) boundary between the two countries.

“Since 2010 the two countries continue to negotiate ZEE, and until now there has been no progress. Hopefully. The visit of the Secretary General (PKV) could become a memorandum of the ZEE settlement, of course, this ZEE settlement will make both countries more focused on broader cooperation, “Desra said.

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