Vietnam-Philippines strategic partnership sound progress: Ministers
Vietnam-Philippines strategic partnership sound progress: Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son and Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo at their meeting in Cambodia on November 9, 2022, within the framework of the 40th and 41st ASEAN Summits and related Summits.( Photo: WVR)
The two sides agreed on a number of measures to further deepen the relationship in the coming time, with a foucus on strengthening the exchange of delegations at all levels, especially high-ranking ones; agreed to work closely to ensure the success of President Ferdinand Romualdez Marcos' visit to Vietnam.
On this occasion, Minister Bui Thanh Son conveyed the words of Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue to thank President of the Philippine Senate Juan Miguel F. Zubiri for sending the invitation for an official visit at the end of November 2022.
Vietnam-Philippines strategic partnership sound progress:Two Ministers expressed their delight at the progress made in the countries’ strategic partnership. (Photo: WVR)
The Ministers emphasised the need to resume existing cooperation mechanisms between the two sides, which were interrupted recently due to the COVID-19 pandemic.They said Vietnam and the Philippines should convene the 10th meeting of their Joint Committee on Bilateral Cooperation; make efforts to effectively implement bilateral agreements, including the 2019-2024 action plan for the countries’ strategic partnership; step up bilateral trade-investment and restrict the imposition of trade barriers.
Foreign Minister Son said Vietnam is willing to continue supplying rice to the Philippines in its Government’s efforts to ensure food security.
Vietnam-Philippines strategic partnership sound progress: Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son spoke at the meeting. (Photo: WVR)
The two sides agreed that maritime cooperation needs to be strengthened. In that spirit, the two sides will soon convene the Meeting of Vietnam - Philippines Sea and Ocean Cooperation Working Group.
Vietnam-Philippines strategic partnership sound progress:Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Enrique Manalo spoke at the meeting. (Photo: WVR)
They also concurred on the need to expand cooperation in fields such as climate change response, green growth, digital transformation, e-commerce, tourism, education and training.
Regarding multilateral cooperation, given many complicated and unpredictable changes facing the region and the world, the Ministers considered it is necessary to strengthen exchanges and consultations in order to strenghthen ASEAN’s solidarity, strength and centrality.