President Benigno S. Aquino III’s state visit here and his attendance at the 17th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit from October 26 to 30 has reached fever-pitch prompting the Vietnam News, the national English daily of Vietnam, to feature the Chief Executive on the front page of its Tuesday edition.
In its article entitled “Philippine leader begins Vietnam visit,” Vietnam News cited the “friendship and comprehensive cooperative relation between the two countries” which it said “has been continuously developing and consolidating.”
“The two sides regularly exchange delegations at all levels and maintain close cooperation at international and regional forums,” the Vietnam News said.
It further cited that trade between the Philippines and Vietnam reached $ 1.87-billion in the first eight months of the year. These included import and export of rice, electronic components, agricultural products, fertilizer, machines, liquid gas, pharmaceutical products and building materials.
The President’s visit, which is his first to an ASEAN member-country since he assumed office in June this year, aims to further strengthen diplomatic and trade relations between the two countries which first established ties in 1976. (PNA)