Vietnamese President visits the Philippines

October 26, Manila - President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam is in the Philippines for a 3-day state visit to celebrate the 35 years of the bilateral relations of the Philippines and Vietnam. 

In His Excellency's speech, President Sang mentioned that "since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two nations, the friendship and multifaceted cooperation between Vietnam and the Philippines have been growing exceedingly well in the interest of the two peoples."

President Aquino shared the same sentiment as well and mentioned that in their meetings, they have agreed on several projects that would sustain this good relationship between the two countries. He mentioned the 'Philippine-Vietnam Action Plan 2011 - 2016' which is a framework that enhances the multifaceted relations in thirteen areas of cooperation. And also cited three main sectors on which they signed agreements on: Naval, Coast Guard, and Tourism. 

"We both agreed to continue to strive toward a more comprehensive relationship, with an eye toward achieving enhanced total cooperation. I am confident that our meeting this afternoon have helped set our two countries on a sure and steady path toward a more positive, dynamic and nurturing friendship that will best serve the mutual interest of Filipino and Vietnamese peoples", President Aquino said.  

According to, President Sang is also set to visit the International Rice Research Institute located in Los Banos, Laguna and to "unveil a bust of the Vietnamese Socialist Republic’s founder, President Ho Chi Minh, at the ASEAN Park in the walled city of Intramuros" before he leaves on October 28.