Philippines, Vietnam almost done in forging strategic partnership

Philippines and Vietnam are in the final phase of forging a strategic partnership. Vietnamese Ambassador to the Philippines Truong Trieu Duong, at an event celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Vietnam National Day in Pasay City, said that the draft is being finalized.

“We are sure of the success of this partnership. As strategic partners, we aim to deliver results and cooperation at the highest possible level,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario as quoted by Inquirer.net. Secretary del Rosario was present at the said event.

According to Secretary del Rosario and Ambassador Truong Trieu Duong the strategic partnership may be signed in November during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (AELM). AELM will be held Manila November 18, 19.

The conclusion of a strategic partnership gained momentum earlier this year when Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh of Vietnam visited the Philippines, January 29 and 30. Both countries recognized that bilateral relations in terms of political, trade and investment, fisheries, marine and oceanic affairs, as well as defense and security cooperation is growing.

It was also boosted when President Benigno Aquino III and Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung met at the sidelines of ASEAN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Philippines and Vietnam are looking forward for a meaningful observance of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations next year.