Friday, April 27, 2018

Duterte holds bilateral meeting with Vietnamese and Indonesian leaders, laud the president for very good ASEAN chairmanship

PRRD on the sidelines meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Indonesian President Joko Widodo / Presidential photos
Manila, Philippines - President Rodrigo Duterte met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Indonesia President Joko Widodo on Friday, April 27, on the sidelines of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Leader’s Summit in Singapore.

Joined by his Cabinet officials, the president first met with Prime Minister Phuc at Ritz-Carlton Millenia Hotel.

The Prime Minister congratulated Duterte for the successful chairmanship for ASEAN, citing that results were good foundations for more productive work for ASEAN.

Further, both expressed their confidence in the steady growth of Philippine-Viet Nam partnership for development.

President Duterte said that he looks forward to increasing two-way trade with Viet Nam and more investments as they both acknowledge the importance of partnership to ensure enough supply of rice in the Philippines.

Both leaders also cited the need to continue working closely together to ensure security and region stability, which includes the South China Sea.

Meanwhile, the president also clarified with the two leaders that he has not abandoned the arbitral tribunal’s ruling in favor of the Philippine’s protest against China’s nine-dash line that nearly covers the whole of the disputed West Philippine Sea.

Duterte reportedly said that he would deal with the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA’s) verdict “at the right time”.

Prime Minister Phuc thanked President Duterte for the humane treatment and release of Vietnamese fishermen who were caught within the Philippine waters.

Duterte likewise thanked Vietnam for hosting Filipinos in their country, and both reaffirmed the value of Philippine-Vietnam relations.

After his meeting with Vietnam’s leader, the president also met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo who also renewed his commitment to work at further strengthening ties concerning mutual importance, including security, stability and also sustainable development.

Both discussed opportunities to meet again in the future at a mutually agreed date and place.

Source: PNA