President Nguyen Minh Triet and his Philippine counterpart

President Nguyen Minh Triet and his Philippine counterpart, Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, have discussed directions and measures to develop bilateral co-operation more effectively, matching the two countries’ potentials.

During talks which took place after a solemn welcoming ceremony for the Philippine President in Ha Noi on Tuesday, the two leaders expressed their pleasure with fine developments in the friendship and multifaceted co-operation between the two countries.

Those developments were marked by a joint statement on Viet Nam-Philippines bilateral co-operation framework in the first 25 years of the 21st century and two-way trade exceeding the 2010 target of US$ 2 billion two years earlier, they said.

The two leaders agreed to strengthen and expand mutually beneficial co-operation in other fields such as defense, agriculture, education and training, and shipping.

They also emphasised the importance of the Viet Nam-Philippines Joint Committee and agreed to hold the sixth session of the committee as soon as possible.

Regarding the regional and international situation, the two leaders agreed to continue maintaining their close co-ordination and co-operation at regional and global forums, especially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF), the East Asian Summit (EAS), the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) and the United Nations (UN).

They shared the view that peace and stability in the East Sea were common aspirations and in the interest of regional countries and highlighted the importance of the strict implementation of Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards a future Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Triet spoke highly of the Philippines’ support and assistance for Viet Nam in the year it assumed the ASEAN Chair. Meanwhile, the Philippine President thanked the Vietnamese government for facilitating Philippine investment projects in the country.

Concluding the talks, Triet and his Philippine counterpart witnessed the signing of co-operative agreements in defence, academic study, response to oil spills as well as search and rescue work.

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