Aquino to meet visiting Vietnamese, Indonesian leaders this week

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III will separately welcome in Malacanang visiting leaders of Vietnam and Indonesia this week.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday said that Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will undertake a working visit to the Philippines on May 21-23, while Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, on a state visit on May 22-23. Both are coming on the invitation of Aquino.

Both foreign leaders will also attend the World Economic Forum on East Asia (WEF-EA) to be hosted in Manila on May 21-23.

Dung will meet with Aquino on Wednesday to discuss matters of mutual concern, including cooperative activities in defense, tourism, and trade and investment, the DFA said.

On Thursday, Dung will be part of a panel including Aquino and Myanmar Vice President U Nyan Tun at the Opening Plenary of the WEF-EA, where they will share their views on leveraging growth for equitable progress.

Vietnam was the Philippines' 18th trading partner in 2013, with total trade amounting to US$ 1.33 billion. It plays host to a 6,220-strong Filipino community, as well as several important Filipino companies, including Jollibee, San Miguel Brewery, Liwayway Industrial Food Corp., Ltd, and United Pharma, Inc.

This is the Prime Minister's second visit to the Philippines, after his Official Visit on August 9-10, 2007.

Meanwhile, Yudhoyono will meet with Aquino on Friday to discuss matters of mutual concern, including political, defense and border, maritime, economic and socio-cultural cooperation, the DFA said.

The Indonesian leader will also be conferred with the Order of Sikatuna with rank of Raja during the state dinner to be hosted by Aquino.

Indonesia was the 13th major trading partner of the Philippines in 2013, with a total trade of US$ 3.512 billion. There is a 9,844-strong Filipino community living and working in Indonesia. This year also marks the 65th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Indonesia.

This will be Yudhoyono's first bilateral visit to the Philippines since he became Indonesia’s President for two consecutive terms in 2004 and 2009. (SDR/Sunnex)

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