The Philippines and Vietnam will be talking about the delineation of maritime boundaries in West Philippine Sea “in due time,” President Rodrigo Duterte said following his attendance to the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering in Bali, Indonesia on October 11.
He said he “met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and this has something to do with
delineation of our boundaries,” Duterte said.
“And I told him that in due time, but we will take a longer period for we have to establish even our continental shelf limits,” he added. “We both committed to work more closely to achieve shared goals for stability in the region.”
Meanwhile, the President said he “reiterated the Philippines’ national priorities of inclusive growth, stable and secure environment, [and] economic integration in the region,” at the ASEAN Leaders’ Gathering.
“I stressed the importance of a stronger ASEAN in order to sustain the efforts towards greater peace,
progress and prosperity [for] Southeast Asia and its peoples,” he added. “I stressed the importance of ASEAN-centered efforts.”