Indonesia and Vietnam have agreed to continue to increase the cooperation in legal field. This commitment has been confirmed through the signing of the Agreement on Extradition and Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Law and Human Rights Minister of the Republic of Indonesia Amir Syamsudin and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh following a bilateral meeting, and witnessed by two Heads of State at the Presidential Palace (27/06/2013).
"We are aware that both Vietnam and Indonesia want to cooperate in good faith to combat crime and protect justice prevailing in the two countries, as well as in the region", added President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono at a press conference at the Presidential Palace.
With regard to the South China Sea issue, the two Heads of State expressed their desire to resolve the problem peacefully and without violence. "We agreed that all the problems in the East Sea / South China Sea can be settled in accordance with applicable international law and in a peaceful manner," said SBY.
President Yudhoyono also said that both countries are committed to continue what has been agreed at the meeting of the ASEAN-China and will continue to seek the advance of the Declaration of Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) towards the establishment of a Code of Conduct (COC).
According to President Truong Tan Sang, Vietnam itself will continue to support measures that have been initiated by ASEAN in the construction of a better regime in the South China Sea.
"We support the results which have been agreed by ASEAN in regard to the East Sea, particularly through the Six Point Principles that were initiated by Indonesia", said President Tan Sang.
The tension in the East Sea, he added, should be resolved peacefully, with restraints, and without using threats or violence.
In terms of trade, the President of the Republic of Indonesia promised to continue to increase the value of trade with Vietnam to 5 billion USD in 2015. This is related to the positive investment climate and trade between the two countries.
Indonesia-Vietnam trade volume in 2012 reached 4.87 billion USD, a rise from 4.7 billion in 2011. Indonesian investment value in 2012 also showed a significant increase reaching 54.6 million USD.
On the said occasion, RI-Vietnam also signed a MoU on Agricultural Commodities Cooperation between the Minister of Agriculture Suswono and Vietnamese Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
"With Vietnam, Indonesia will deepen and enhance cooperation in the field of food security, especially rice", said the President of the Republic of Indonesia after the signing of the MoU.
The state visit to Indonesia is the first time for President Truong Tan Sang since his inauguration on July 25, 2011.
The bilateral relations between Indonesia and Vietnam have been initiated since 1955 and have become increasingly strengthened with the establishment of comprehensive partnerships in 2003.