MANILA—The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday said the Philippines and Japan will hold the 3rd Vice-Ministerial Strategic Dialogue (VMSD) here Wednesday to continue building upon bilateral mechanisms that further enhance their strengthened strategic partnership.
Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo will lead the Philippine delegation while the Japanese contingent will be lead by Deputy Foreign Minister Takeo Akiba.
DFA Spokesman and Assistant Secretary Charles Jose in a text message to reporters said the event will be held at the main office of DFA.
The VMSD which was established in 2009, is an avenue for both countries to share ideas and discuss matters of mutual interest such as political, security, economic, consular, and other issues that affect Philippine-Japan relations.
The 3rd VMSD will particularly focus on the Philippines’ chairmanship of ASEAN, including possible joint activities to commemorate the landmark 50th Anniversary of ASEAN, as well as important bilateral concerns for the two countries.