Japanese Foreign Minister to visit Vietnam

VOV.VN - Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan Toshimitsu Motegi is scheduled to embark on his trip to four Southeast Asian nations of Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia on January 5.

The visit to Vietnam is designed to step up cooperation between the two nations at regional and international levels, as well as bilateral economic ties, including the reception of guest workers to Japan Japan, according an official of the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It also aims to affirm Japan’s stronger cooperation with Vietnam to maintain and enhance a free and open Indo-Pacific.

During the trip from January 5-7, Motegi is due to pay floral tributes at the Monument for Martyrs and the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi.

He is scheduled to meet with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, and witness a signing ceremony on providing official development assistance (ODA) for Vietnam.

The Japanese official is set to meet with Minister of Industry and Trade Tran Tuan Anh and join a dinner with representatives of Japanese firms.

According to Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan and Vietnam will augment cooperation at regional and international arenas on the basis of the extensive strategic partnership.

Motegi is poised to leave for Thailand on January 7, before travelling to the Philippines and Indonesia. He is about to deliver a speech at the ASEAN Secretariat in Indonesia on January 10.