Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, who is in the country for a three-day state visit, said Vietnam and the Philippines’ common interest in security and bilateral cooperation are the foundations of their alliance that must be strengthened.
During a State Dinner hosted by President Benigno Aquino III on Wednesday in Malacañang for the visiting Vietnamese leader, Sang said both countries shared many things in common in terms of history, culture and traditions.
“We are both maritime neighbors and members of the Asean and as such, have common concerns over security, stability, and cooperation for development in the region,” Sang said.
“These are the firm foundations for our two countries to further intensify and uplift the existing traditional friendship to a new and comprehensive level and endeavor together to build an enduring strategic partnership in the future.”
Sang thanked President Aquino for inviting him to visit the Philippines as he acknowledged the hospitality extended to him and the members of his delegation during the visit.
Sang also expressed his admiration to the Filipino peoples’ heroic and unyielding history of struggle for independence similar to what Vietnam did in the past.
“I can see in my own eyes achievements made in all fronts and the belief in a bright future beaming out the face of each every Filipino,” Sang said.
He expressed confidence to Manila that his visit and President Aquino’s first State Visit to Vietnam in October last year would help deepen the bilateral cooperation between the Philippines and Vietnam.
On Thursday morning, Sang paid tribute to the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal at the Luneta Park in Manila. After that, he unveiled a bust of the late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh in Intramuros also in Manila.
Later, Sang visited the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Laguna.
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