|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds phone talks with President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte on bilateral and regional cooperation amid the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
PM Phuc told the Philippine President that Vietnam has entered a new normal period following the pandemic while underlining the significance of international cooperation in the current context. He thanked the Philippines and President Duterte for making positive contributions to the success of the online ASEAN Summit and ASEAN+ 3 Summit on COVID-19 Response held on April 14.
The Vietnamese Government chief hailed the Philippines’ initial success in mitigating the impact of the pandemic, and thanked its Government for facilitating the two flights bringing close to 400 Vietnamese citizens home over the recent past.
Duterte, in turn, praised Vietnam as an effective example in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic as well as the country’s leading role in its capacity as the ASEAN Chair 2020 in the cohesive and responsive spirit.
He stated his appreciation for Vietnam’s efforts and initiatives in pandemic prevention and control, including the establishment of a fund for COVID-19 response and a regional medical equipment warehouse.
Both sides consented to bolster bilateral substantive ties, improve the efficiency of cooperation in a multitude of fields via the effective implementation of the Action Programme to carry out bilateral strategic partnership and regular maintenance of cooperation mechanisms, especially the ministerial-level Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation.
PM Phuc suggested both nations should elevate two-way trade and limit the imposition of trade barrier measures while assuring Vietnam’s readiness to be a long-term supplier of rice to the Philippines at competitive prices.
Duterte thanked Vietnam for helping his nation ensure food security, and held that the two sides will provide humanitarian treatment to each other’s fishermen in the spirit of traditional friendship and mutual trust. They also vowed to offer mutual support at multilateral forums.
He promised to continue working closely with and support Vietnam in successfully performing the role of the ASEAN Chair 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council during the 2020-2021 tenure.
The Vietnamese PM lauded the Philippines’ role and contributions in its capacity as the coordinator of the ASEAN – China relationship.
The two leader underscored the importance of further reinforcing solidarity, maintaining ASEAN’s common stance on the East Sea issue, promoting negotiations to reach a quality Code of Conduct in the East Sea in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), contributing to the maintenance of regional peace, stability and security.