|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh presents the Friendship Order to Japanese outgoing ambassador Umeda Kunio (L)
During a reception earlier, the Deputy PM appreciated the great efforts by the Japanese diplomat during his three-year term, noting that bilateral ties have grown steadily in multiple fields via frequent high-level visits which helped consolidate bilateral political trust.
Economic cooperation has smoothly progressed with Japan remaining among the top investors, trade and tourism partners of Vietnam, Minh said while expressing thanks to Japan for its continued provision of official development assistance (ODA) funding to Vietnam as an effective contribution to boosting the country’s socio-economic development.
The Japanese ambassador, in turn, thanked Deputy PM Minh and the Foreign Ministry for helping him fulfill all assigned tasks, saying Vietnam has become a top important and trustworthy partner of Japan in the realms of politics, security, economy and human resources training.
Ambassador Umeda hailed drastic measures the Vietnamese Government is taking to combat the COVID-19 epidemic, voicing his hope that both nations will go ahead with stronger cooperation in the fight against the disease.
He also pledged his best efforts to make positive contributions to the development of bilateral ties, no matter what position he will take up in the future.