Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday warmly welcomed the Chairman of the People's Consultative Assembly of Indonesia, Taufik Kiemas, in Ha Noi, and his delegation.
HA NOI —
The visit marked the celebration of the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Dung said he highly appreciated talks between Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly, Nguyen Phu Trong, and Chairman Kiemas that sought measures to consolidate the ties between the two countries and two parliaments.
Dung thanked Indonesia's Government and people for supporting Viet Nam as ASEAN Chair this year, wishing Indonesia similar success in chairing ASEAN next year.
He said he hoped the two sides would continue boosting co-operation in economics, trade and investment.
Dung used the occasion to ask Indonesia to soon release Vietnamese fishermen seized by Indonesian authorities so that they could be reunited with their families for the Lunar New Year Festival.
Kiemas replied that the Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia should work with Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit the case to the Indonesian President so that the issue could quickly be settled.
Congratulating Viet Nam on its success as ASEAN Chair for 2010, Kiemas said he wished the two sides would efficiently carry out agreements signed recently, especially those relating to the fishing industry and national defence.
He added that bilateral trade between the two countries was only US$2 billion, far short of potential.
Dung also welcomed Nakamura Hirohiko, president of the special committee on Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Japan's National Diet (parliament).
Dung said he was pleased at the development of the strategic partnership between the two countries, especially after Prime Minister Naoto Kan's official visit which helped bring the two countries' ties, especially on ODA, to a new height.
He said he hoped the two sides would accelerate the implementation of agreements reached during Kan's visit, including those on ODA projects and one on bilateral trade.
Dung confirmed that Viet Nam would effectively use the assistance and that it would not only help socio-economic development in Viet Nam, but also help boost investment and trade between the two countries.
Nakamura Hirohiko said he was delighted that Viet Nam had selected Japan to build its nuclear power plant No. 2.
He said Japan was preparing capital to help build social infrastructure compatible with the project.
He also confirmed that Japan wanted to co-operate with Viet Nam in the exploitation of rare earth minerals, the teaching of the Japanese language and in the recruitment of nurses to work in Japan.
Dung said that relevant Vietnamese ministries and agencies were co-ordinating with the Japanese to implement the nuclear plant and the project on rare-earth minerals.
On the subject of the North-South railway, the PM said he hoped the Japanese would help Viet Nam build pre-feasibility projects for the Ha Noi-Vinh and HCM City-Nha Trang sections. — VNS