Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (Photo: VNA)
– Prime Minister
Pham Minh Chinh talked over the phone with Philippine President Rodrigo
Duterte on July 19, affirming that the archipelago nation is always an
important and trustworthy partner that shares many concerns and strategic
interests with Vietnam.
The Government leader of Vietnam said
relations between the two countries have been unceasingly intensified
throughout the last 45 years, since their diplomatic ties were established on
July 12, 1976.
President Duterte noted the Philippine
Government and people have consistently treasured and worked to develop the
countries’ strategic partnership, and that they appreciate Vietnam’s meaningful
assistance in the recent past, including the medical supplies for the fight against
The two leaders agreed to work closely
together to promote Vietnam - Philippines relations in all aspects, with a
focus on implementing the plan of action for 2019 - 2024, carrying out
activities marking the 45th founding anniversary of the diplomatic relationship,
enhancing cooperation in security - defence and trade - investment, and creating favourable conditions for and encouraging enterprises to invest and do business in the
sectors matching the countries’ potential and strength.
PM Chinh highlighted Vietnam’s readiness to
continue ensuring stable and long-term rice supply for the Philippines, asking
the latter to further open its market to food and agricultural products from
The leaders agreed to consider expanding
cooperation to new areas amid the Fourth Industrial Revolution such as digital
transformation, the digital economy, e-commerce, and the green economy.
They also shared the view that vaccine is an
important strategy to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and work towards sustainable
The Vietnamese PM said the two sides
should cooperate more actively to secure equal access to vaccine sources, an
idea highly valued by the Philippine President.
Regarding regional and international
issues, both agreed that their countries will strengthen ties and support each
other at multilateral mechanisms like the United Nations and ASEAN. They also
concurred in working closely together to implement the Regional Comprehensive
Economic Partnership (RCEP) agreement.
The leaders shared the view on the importance of
continuing to maintain ASEAN’s solidarity and principles relevant to the East
They affirmed the close coordination of
their stances and viewpoints to ensure the full and effective implementation of
the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and accelerate
the negotiation on a Code of Conduct (COC) on the waters between ASEAN and
China in order to achieve an effective and substantive COC that accords with
international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, thereby helping
to sustain regional peace and stability.
On this occasion, President Duterte
invited PM Chinh to pay an official visit to the Philippines. The Vietnamese
leader accepted the invitation with pleasure./.