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Vietnam, Philippines sign MoU on naval cooperation

Vietnam and the Philippines Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding on improving naval cooperation at a meeting between two countries' presidents, the Vietnam News Agency reported.

The countries also signed three other agreements on setting up a hotline between their marine police forces, tourism cooperation between 2012-2015, and joint activities between 2011-2016, the report said.

Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, who began a visit to the Philippines Wednesday and his Philippine counterpart Benigno S.Aquino III reiterated that cooperation in the seas is a key factor in the countries' relationship.

They also discussed East Sea issues, stressing the importance of ensuring peace, stability, security and marine freedom in the East Sea.

VNA reported that the leaders agreed to solve sea disputes based on international laws, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

They also highlighted the importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and compliance with the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea declaration.