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PM welcomes Philippines Foreign Minister

 VGP – PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc suggested Viet Nam and the Philippines further create favorable conditions for their businesses to expand cooperation, particularly rice trading, during his meeting with Foreign Minister Jose Almendras on Monday in Ha Noi.

PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes Filippino FM Jose Almendras at the Government headquarters in Ha Noi on April 11, 2016. Photo: VGP

As a member of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Viet Nam always facilitates the Philippines’ companies to do business in Viet Nam, the Government chief said.

Emphasizing the importance of the two countries' economic ties, PM Phuc asked the two countries to accelerate defense and security cooperation and coordinate in addressing joint challenges, including maritime security, natural disasters, food security, terrorism and transnational crime in order to maintain peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.

Regarding maritime cooperation, PM Phuc asked the two Governments to maintain joint coordination programs while strengthening solidarity and role of ASEAN in ensuring peace and cooperation in the East Sea, strictly implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and working towards the conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

FM Jose Almendras said Viet Nam is the first country he chose to visit after being appointed as the Filippino FM.

Mr. Almendras affirmed the importance and significance of the establishment of strategic partnership between Viet Nam and the Philippines, saying the two countries will gain greater achievements with joint efforts.

He stated that the Philippines will continue full and responsible cooperation with Viet Nam in enhancing joint programs at sea./.

By Huong Giang

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