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PNoy to visit Vietnam in October

Manila (23 September) -- President Benigno Aquino III is set to visit Hanoi, Vietnam in October this year.

PNoy confirmed this following his meeting with Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet at the 65th United Nations General Assembly in New York where the latter gestured the personal invitation.

During the meeting, President Nguyen personally reiterated the visit invitation of the Vietnamese government to President Aquino.

"In inviting President Aquino, President Nguyen said he looks forward to President Aquino's visit to Vietnam in October 2010," Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo said. Secretary Romulo and Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations Libran N. Cabactulan were with the President at this afternoon's bilateral meeting.

"The meeting went well and because of the very meaningful exchange during this first encounter between the two leaders, I expect President Aquino's visit to Vietnam in October to be meaningful and successful," Secretary Romulo added.

The Philippines and Vietnam are members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Vietnam is currently the chair of ASEAN.

In the upcoming visit of President Aquino, four agreements which will institutionalize bilateral cooperation in the areas of higher education, defense, and maritime affairs are expected to be signed.

"We value Vietnam as a good friend and strategic partner. We are confident that these ties will only become stronger. I look forward to the continuation of the excellent bilateral relations that our two countries share in diverse areas of interest," President Aquino told the Vietnamese President.

The Philippines and Vietnam will celebrate 35 years of diplomatic relations in 2011. In 2008, the two countries achieved their target of US$2 billion worth of bilateral trade.

"We can achieve more, which should be a key agenda in our relations in the next few years," President Aquino added. (source: [top]

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