President Benigno S. Aquino III vowed that bilateral relations between the Philippines and Vietnam will continue to prosper during his presidency.
“As the Philippines takes the first steps toward a more transparent, responsive, and economically competitive government, be assured, Excellency, that Vietnam remains an important partner of the Philippines,” the Chief Executive said in his remarks at the State Banquet hosted in his honor by Socialist Republic of Vietnam President Nguyen Minh Triet at the Government Guest House on Tuesday night.
The President stressed that the friendship between the Philippines and Vietnam is vibrant and strong as cooperation in diverse areas, particularly in trade, fisheries, meteorology and hydrography, sports, and finance have been in place.
He pointed out that the sealing of four more agreements during his state visit to Vietnam, cooperation between the two countries in higher education, defense and maritime affairs was further strengthened.
The President also said that his state visit to Vietnam, his first ever state visit to an ASEAN member country since he assumed office in June, is also a testament to the mutual commitment of both countries to find additional areas of cooperation that will benefit the Filipino and Vietnamese peoples.
He also noted that the warm welcome accorded him and his delegation by the Vietnamese people and government, which he said, is a clear sign of the close relations between the Philippines and Vietnam.
“It is a pleasure to be here, tonight, to express our best wishes to the government of Vietnam and the Vietnamese people as you chair the ASEAN. In regional unity, we have the means to sustain economic growth, advance our shared development agenda, and promote regional peace and stability,” he said.
According to the President, the Philippines and Vietnam will celebrate next year the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
Saying that it will be an excellent occasion for cultural exchanges and people-to-people activities to commemorate RP-Vietnam relations.