Philippines, Japan agree to strengthen bilateral ties hinh anh 1Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (Photo: AP)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Philippines and Japan have agreed to resume the politic-military and maritime dialogue this year.

The statement was made on February 10 after a meeting between Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodor Locsin and visiting Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.

The two countries share the view that they resume Japan-Philippines politic-military dialogue and the maritime dialogue at an early date this year, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono said in Davao city, southern the Philippines.

The two sides pledged to deepen maritime security cooperation.

Locsin, for his part, said the governments of the Philippines and Japan acknowledged that keeping and promoting the region's peace and stability is a collective responsibility; one that must be underpinned by mutual trust, sincere dialogue, and functional cooperation.

FM Kono is scheduled to call on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and other Cabinet officials while in Davao, according to the Philippine Foreign Ministry.

The three-day official visit to the Philippines from February 9 by FM Taro Kono is a testament to the strengthened strategic partnership between the Philippines and Japan, and an affirmation of the longstanding bilateral friendship. - VNA