Friday, April 26, 2013

Philippines, Vietnam agree to further cooperate

President Benigno Aquino III and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung have agreed to further enhance the cooperation of the two countries.

The two leaders held a bilateral meeting at the sidelines of the 22nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit held in Brunei Darussalam, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.

He said that Aquino and Nguyen were upbeat over "the progress of economic relations" between the two countries as they agreed to "further enhance" and strengthen relations.

He added that Vietnam expressed support for the Philippines initiatives on maritime security, noting the improvement of this initiative between the two countries.

"Both leaders are happy with the progress of economic relations and discussed ways on how to further enhance these relations. Both countries acknowledged the improvement of maritime security between the two countries and Vietnam expressed support for the Philippines international initiatives on this matter," Lacierda said.

Diplomatic relations between the two sides started in July 1976 upon the signing of a Joint CommuniquƩ by then Philippine Foreign Minister Carlos P. Romulo and Vietnamese Vice Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs Phan Hien.-Sun Star (April 25, 2013)

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