Deputy PM Minh holds phone talks with Philippine Foreign Secretary

Tuesday, 2020-03-31 10:19:43
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Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh talks with Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Teodoro Lopez Locsin over the phone. (Photo: baoquocte.vn)
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NDO – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines Teodoro Lopez Locsin discussed bilateral and regional cooperation amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic over the phone on March 30.

Politburo member Minh expressed his thanks for the effective coordination and support of the Philippines and Locsin for Vietnam, in its capacity as ASEAN Chair 2020, particularly in promoting collaboration to cope with COVID-19.

With determination and joint efforts, Vietnam, the Philippines and ASEAN member nations will work together to soon overcome challenges, stabilise the socio-economy and continue to facilitate the process of building the ASEAN Community, the deputy PM said.

For his part, the Philippine diplomat applauded Vietnam’s efficiency in fighting the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as the country’s initiatives to promote cooperation to cope with the disease within the framework of the ASEAN Year 2020.

He pledged to continue coordinating closely with and supporting Vietnam to successfully fulfill its role as ASEAN Chair 2020 and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure.

The two ministers affirmed their joint efforts to deepen the Vietnam-Philippines strategic partnership in all spheres, including cooperation in health, trade, investment and food security, amid the complicated developments of natural disasters and the COVID-19 epidemic.

They also agreed to enhance coordination concerning regional and international affairs, including the East Sea issues.