Indonesian Independence Day marked in Ho Chi Minh City

Wednesday, 2016-08-24 22:07:11
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The celebration of Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day (Credit:
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NDO/VNA – The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisation (VUFO) and the Vietnam-Indonesia Friendship Association in Ho Chi Minh City co-hosted a ceremony on August 24 to mark Indonesia’s 71st Independence Day (August 17).

Addressing the event, VIFA President Le Ton Thanh highlighted fruitful developments of the traditional friendship and comprehensive cooperation between the two countries since first establishing diplomatic ties in December 1955.

The relationship between Ho Chi Minh City and Indonesia has also developed in recent years, he said, adding that Indonesia is a significant investor and trade partner of the Vietnamese southern metropolis.

Indonesian Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Jean Anes said the bilateral ties between the two countries were elevated to a higher level upon the establishment of a strategic partnership in 2013. The two countries are aiming to raise bilateral trade to US$10 billion in late 2018 while continuing to consolidate their relations through various co-operation activities, particularly in the fields of economy, culture and social affairs.

The VIFA and the Indonesian Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City have co-ordinated with each other to organise a range of cultural, sports and charitable activities to strengthen people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.