Monday, 24 October 2011

PIA News Dispatch - Monday, October 24, 2011

Vietnamese President arrives Wednesday for 3-day state visit

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang is set to arrive in Manila on Wednesday afternoon for a three-day state visit to the Philippines highlighted by an expanded bilateral meeting with President Benigno S. Aquino III which is aimed at strengthening further the diplomatic ties between the two countries.

The 62-year old President Sang, who will be planed in Manila via a chartered Vietnam Airlines flight, becomes the first head of state to visit the country under President Aquino’s administration.

Welcoming President Sang upon his arrival at the Villamor Airbase in Pasay City are Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario, Assistant Secretary Maria Theresa Lazaro, Philippine Ambassador to Vietnam Jeril Santos and Manila International Airport Authority General Manager Jose Angel Honrado.

President Sang will be billeted at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and will then proceed to Malacañang where arrival honors await him at 3:00 p.m. He is expected to sign the guestbook later on and have a courtesy call on President Aquinothe Palace.

Thereafter, President Aquino and President Sang will be engaged in an expanded bilateral meeting to be held at the Aguinaldo State Dining Room. Both leaders will sign bilateral agreements afterwards and are expected to issue a joint statement at the President’s Hall before the Philippine and Vietnamese media.

President Aquino once mentioned in a forum with foreign media groups early this month that he the matter of resolving the disputes in the West Philippine Sea will be among the issues he will discuss with his Vietnamese counterpart.

Wrapping up President Sang’s list of activities for his first day of visit in Manila is a traditional state dinner to be hosted by President Aquino in his honor inside Malacañang’s Rizal Hall.

On Thursday, President Sang will begin his activities by laying a wreath at the Rizal Monument in Rizal Park. Afterwards, he will lead the ceremony for the unveiling of the bust of one of his predecessors, President Ho Chi Minh at the ASEAN Park in Intramuros, Manila.

President Sang will then have a short visit to the International Rice Research Institute in Los Baños, Laguna at 10:30 in the morning and will go back to Manila by 12:30 to attend a Vietnam-Philippines Business Luncheon.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Jr., and Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda will each pay a courtesy call to the Vietnamese President by Thursday afternoon.

President Sang will host a private dinner in honor of his old-time Filipino friends at Casa Roces inside Malacañang complex to cap his second day of visit here.

A light schedule awaits President Sang on Friday as he meets with the Vietnam Embassy personnel and the Vietnamese community to conclude his three-day state visit here before boarding a chartered return flight via Vietnam Airlines to Hanoi just before lunch at the Villamor Airbase.

Diplomatic relations between Vietnam and the Philippines date back since July 12, 1976 and from then on, the two countries have established good relations in the areas of politics, economics, trade investments, security and defense, and agriculture among others. (PCOO)

President Sang of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to unveil Ho Chi Minh bust at ASEAN Park in Intramuros

President Truong Tan Sang of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam will lead the unveiling of the bust of Vietnamese Socialist Republic founder, President Ho Chi Minh during his three-day State Visit to the Philippines from October 26-28 this year on the occasion of the 35th anniversary celebration of the establishment of bilateral relations between the two countries.

The unveiling ceremony, which will be held at the ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations) Park located in Intramuros Manila, symbolizes the ever-growing friendship and multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries.

President Sang is scheduled to meet with President Benigno S. Aquino III on October 26 in Malacanang shortly after his arrival in Manila to further cement the friendly, economic, trade and bilateral relations between the Philippines and Vietnam. This will be the first meeting of the two leaders since President Sang was elected by the Vietnamese National Assembly in July this year.

It can be recalled that during his first state visit to Vietnam last year, President Aquino paid his respects to Vietnam’s famous leader Ho Chi Minh and martyrs with wreath laying ceremonies at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Vietnam War Memorial.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial to the former Vietnamese leader. It is located at the center of Ba Dinh Square where he read the Declaration of Independence on September 22, 1945. Ho Chi Minh’s body, preserved in the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum, with a military honor guard, lies in a glass case with dim lights.

On the other hand, the Hanoi War Memorial is a monument which commemorates the sacrifice of courageous men and women who served the country in a time of great danger. The Memorial’s design is an impressive combination of modern architecture and traditional Vietnamese elements. It is located next to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh Square.

Diplomatic relations between the Philippines and Vietnam started to blossom on July 12, 1976. The two countries are enjoying good relations in areas of politics, economics, trade and investments, security and defense, as well as agriculture. (PCOO)