On behalf of the Vietnamese government, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dzung presented the award to the Indonesian ambassador at the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry on Thursday morning, the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi said in a statement released on Thursday.
The Friendship Order is the second award Ibnu has received from the Vietnamese government during his remaining term in office. He had earlier received the Medal of Peace and Friendship Among Nations from the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) on November 24, 2020.
"In the past few years, the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Indonesia in multi aspects have grown well," the embassy quoted Quoc Dzung as saying.
Trade between Indonesia and Vietnam rose to US$9.01 billion in 2019 from US$6.82 billion in 2017, according to official data.
Ibnu Hadi said 2020, the last year of his term in office, coincides with Vietnam's chairmanship of ASEAN, Indonesia's and Vietnam's non-permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), and commemoration of 65 years of Indonesia-Vietnam diplomatic relations.
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