Sat. Apr 20th, 2024

Senior officials from the Philippines and Vietnam have
underscored sea and ocean cooperation as the cornerstone of the two
countries’ relations.

The point was made at the
7th session of the Vietnam-Philippines Bilateral Cooperation Committee,
which was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his
counterpart Albert F. Del Rosario in Manila, the Philippines, on
July 31-August 1.

The officials voiced their
pleasure at the establishment of a sea and ocean joint committee at the
foreign deputy ministerial level and a group of legal experts on marine
issues, which serve as effective bilateral mechanisms to boost the two
countries’ dialogues and collaboration in sea-related issues.

They discussed ways to effectively implement cooperation agreements to
address oil spills, along with sea search and rescue.

Discussing matters on the East Sea, the two sides upheld the
principles of ASEAN on ensuring peace, stability, security, maritime
safety and freedom, settling disputes by peaceful means in compliance
with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea, carrying out the Declaration on the Conduct of
Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and ASEAN’s Declaration on Six-point
Principles on the East Sea, and advancing towards the early
building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Turning to security-defence cooperation, the two FMs agreed to
continue implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on enhancing
information exchanges between their two naval forces and the agreement
to establish a hotline between Vietnamese maritime police and Filipino
coastguards and join efforts to handle non-conventional security
challenges.

They highly valued the robust bilateral
trade, which recorded nearly 3 billion USD last year, and is expected to
further increase in the coming time.

They also
welcomed the signed agreement on rice supply for 2014-2016 and consented
to step up negotiations for completing the Protocol on Agricultural
Cooperation and successfully implement the agreement on Fishery
Cooperation focusing on aquatic research and farming.

The settlement of cases involved the two countries’ fishermen and
ships violating each other’s waters areas will be handled on the basis
of humanitarian spirit and bilateral friendship, the officials said.

They came up with an agreement to boost bilateral
cooperation in other fields — energy security, culture,
education-training, science-technology, environment, social welfare and
development.

The officials agreed to maintain
exchanges between senior officials and the people in order to enhance
mutual trust and understanding.

FM Minh visited the Philippines on July 31-August 1, at the invitation of Albert F. Del Rosario.

The next event will be hosted by Vietnam in 2015.-VNA

Senior officials from the Philippines and Vietnam have
underscored sea and ocean cooperation as the cornerstone of the two
countries’ relations.

The point was made at the
7th session of the Vietnam-Philippines Bilateral Cooperation Committee,
which was co-chaired by Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and his
counterpart Albert F. Del Rosario in Manila, the Philippines, on
July 31-August 1.

The officials voiced their
pleasure at the establishment of a sea and ocean joint committee at the
foreign deputy ministerial level and a group of legal experts on marine
issues, which serve as effective bilateral mechanisms to boost the two
countries’ dialogues and collaboration in sea-related issues.

They discussed ways to effectively implement cooperation agreements to
address oil spills, along with sea search and rescue.

Discussing matters on the East Sea, the two sides upheld the
principles of ASEAN on ensuring peace, stability, security, maritime
safety and freedom, settling disputes by peaceful means in compliance
with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on
the Law of the Sea, carrying out the Declaration on the Conduct of
Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and ASEAN’s Declaration on Six-point
Principles on the East Sea, and advancing towards the early
building of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

Turning to security-defence cooperation, the two FMs agreed to
continue implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on enhancing
information exchanges between their two naval forces and the agreement
to establish a hotline between Vietnamese maritime police and Filipino
coastguards and join efforts to handle non-conventional security
challenges.

They highly valued the robust bilateral
trade, which recorded nearly 3 billion USD last year, and is expected to
further increase in the coming time.

They also
welcomed the signed agreement on rice supply for 2014-2016 and consented
to step up negotiations for completing the Protocol on Agricultural
Cooperation and successfully implement the agreement on Fishery
Cooperation focusing on aquatic research and farming.

The settlement of cases involved the two countries’ fishermen and
ships violating each other’s waters areas will be handled on the basis
of humanitarian spirit and bilateral friendship, the officials said.

They came up with an agreement to boost bilateral
cooperation in other fields — energy security, culture,
education-training, science-technology, environment, social welfare and
development.

The officials agreed to maintain
exchanges between senior officials and the people in order to enhance
mutual trust and understanding.

FM Minh visited the Philippines on July 31-August 1, at the invitation of Albert F. Del Rosario.

The next event will be hosted by Vietnam in 2015.-VNA

By vivian