On this occasion, Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also extended a message of congratulations to Alan Peter Cayetano, Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines.
Vietnam and the Philippines established diplomatic relations on July 12, 1976. In late 2015, the two countries signed an agreement to elevate bilateral ties to the level of strategic partnership.
In recent years, Vietnam and the Philippines have witnessed progress in bilateral relations. Two-way trade surpassed 4 billion USD in 2017, an annual increase of 25 percent