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VIETNAM TO COOPERATE WITH PHILIPPINES ON ANTI-PIRACY MECHANISM

HANOI, Vietnam -- Vietnam and the Philippines should develop a mechanism for anti-piracy cooperation to ensure maritime security and safety, said Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Vietnam People's Army Senior Lieutenant General Pham Ngoc Minh.

According to Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Minh made the statement at a reception on Wednesday during Commander of the Philippine Navy Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph S Mercado's visit to Vietnam to strengthen bilateral ties in defence and discuss collaboration between the two navies.

Speaking at the meeting, Minh expressed his delight at the development of the two countries' relations in many areas, particularly defence.

The bilateral ties between their naval forces have been deepened as they had established a hotline for better communications and effectively worked together in search and rescue at the sea, he added.

Mercado, for his part, stated the bilateral relations had seen good progress as the two nations shared common interests and both pursued goals towards peace, stability and security.

He took the occasion to thank Vietnam for supporting fishermen in distress at sea.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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