April 25, Thursday, 2024

1. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Vietnamese counterpart Bui Thanh Son have agreed to work for regional stability based on international law. Vietnam’s state-run media says the two exchanged views on trade and security at a meeting on Wednesday in Hanoi. 2. The leaders of Iran and Pakistan have agreed to further expand trade and economic cooperation, vowing to increase annual trade to 10 billion dollars. Pakistan’s foreign ministry issued a joint statement on Wednesday. It said the neighboring nations vowed to take annual bilateral trade to 10 billion dollars in five years. They also agreed to quickly finalize a free trade agreement.
3. The Philippines and the United States have agreed to work toward sharing military information, and to hold a dialogue between their defense chiefs this year. This comes as tensions between Manila and Beijing heat up over territorial disputes in the South China Sea.