Japan - trustworthy, longtime strategic partner of Viet Nam: President

Viet Nam and Japan share common strategic interests and Japan is a trustworthy and longtime strategic partner of great importance, which is always a high priority in Viet Nam’s foreign policy, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc affirmed on May 1.
Thủ tướng Nhật Bản Kishida Fumio hội kiến Chủ tịch nước Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. (Ảnh: Nguyễn Hồng)

Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) and Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio look at artworks in Japanese style by Vietnamese painters. (Photo: Nguyen Hong)

He made the statement while receiving Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, who was paying an official visit to Viet Nam from April 30 to May 1.

The Viet Namese President highly valued the visit, which he said demonstrates Japan’s sentiments, sincerity and respect for Viet Nam and the countries’ extensive strategic partnership. He expressed his gratitude to Kishida’s significant contributions to the robust development of the Viet Nam-Japan relations.

The two leaders rejoiced at strides of the Viet Nam-Japan extensive strategic partnership in recent times, especially the spirit of sharing, partnership, cooperation and surmounting hardships together in the fight against COVID-19.

Japan has always been Viet Nam’s leading partner in terms of trade, investment, official development assistance (ODA), tourism and labour affairs.

Based on the achievements in bilateral relations over the time, the Viet Namese President proposed that the two countries increase political trust, maintain regular visits and exchanges at all levels and well organise activities marking the 50th founding anniversary of the diplomatic ties next year on a par with the significance of their extensive strategic partnership.

He expressed his hope that the sides will bolster effective and practical cooperation in national defence-security; enhance the two economies' connectivity, strengthen supply chains, expand cooperation in investment, trade and digital transformation.

The two countries should also continue with the implementation of new generation ODA and promote cooperation in healthcare, natural disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation and transition to clean energy, thus benefiting people of two countries.

The Vietnamese President took the occasion to invite the Japanese Emperor and Empress as well as members of the Imperial House of Japan to visit Viet Nam in the future.

For his part, the Japanese PM reiterated that Japan always attaches importance to relations with Viet Nam in its regional policy.

Agreeing to suggestions by President Phuc, Kishida expressed his wish to foster close cooperation with Viet Nam and bring the extensive strategic partnership to a new height in a practical and effective way towards the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023. He invited Phuc to visit Japan next year on the occasion.

During the meeting, the leaders consented to closely coordinate at international and regional forums. They exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern such as the East Sea issue, the Ukraine situation, response to non-traditional security challenges and regional connectivity improvement.

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(Source: VNA)