Vietnam and Philippines Sign Defense Agreement

The Philippines and Vietnam have have forged a memorandum of agreement on Defense Cooperation between two countries, the Department of National Defense (DND) said Tuesday.

The agreement was signed by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin and Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phung Quang Thanh during the recent state visit of President Benigno S. Aquino III in Hanoi.

“The MOA aims to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between the Department of National Defense of the Philippines and the Ministry of National Defense of Vietnam,” said DND spokesman Eduardo Batac.

“One of the features of the said MOA is the conduct of visits and educational exchanges between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Vietnamese Peoples’ Army,” said

The signing was preceded by Gazmin’s official visit to Vietnam on Oct. 25.

During his visit, Gazmin had a bilateral meeting with General Thanh.

The two parties expressed satisfaction with the signing of the MOA and agreed to the immediate convening of a Technical Working Group to implement the MOA as soon as possible.

On Oct. 26, Gazmin joined President Aquino’s delegation for the Philippine President’s two-day official visit to Vietnam. Aside from the MOA signing, the Secretary accompanied President Aquino in his bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister and the President of Vietnam.

President Aquino’s state visit was made prior to the ASEAN Summit from Oct. 28-30 also in Hanoi, Vietnam.

The ASEAN Summit is a gathering of heads of governments of all 10 ASEAN member states, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The ASEAN Summit was followed by the East Asia Summit (EAS), where ASEAN leaders met with heads of governments of ASEAN’s key dialogue partners, namely, Australia, China, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea.

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