Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and his spouse will pay a state visit to Vietnam on January 29 and 30 at the invitation of Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong, spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam Pham Thu Hang said at a press briefing on Thursday afternoon.
This will be the Philippine leader’s first Vietnam visit since he assumed office in late June 2022.
His trip will mark the third state visit by a foreign leader to the Southeast Asian nation in January.
Ties between Vietnam and the Philippines have made great strides over the past many years, with political cooperation being a primary focus, Hang said.
The Philippines is Vietnam’s sixth-largest trade partner among Southeast Asian nations, and is ranked 16th among the country’s world partners.
The Philippines also holds the title of Vietnam’s biggest rice buyer.
The two nations have been fostering their partnership in various fields such as education-training, security, culture, labor, and tourism, and continued collaboration at regional and international forums.
Within the framework of his visit, the Philippine president will hold talks with his Vietnamese counterpart and meet with several top Vietnamese officials.
He is also scheduled to attend multiple diplomatic activities.
Vietnam welcomed Indonesian President Joko Widodo on January 11, and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on January 23.
Their state visits at the start of 2024 demonstrated Vietnam’s persistent pathway toward diversification and multilateralization in diplomatic relations.