VOV.VN - Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and President Nguyen Xuan Phuc hold separate receptions for Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio in Hanoi on May 1.
At the reception for the Japanese guest, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong showed his elation at the growing Vietnam - Japan relations and welcomed the visit to Vietnam by the Japanese PM and his delegation. He congratulated Kishida on his election as President of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan.
Trong greatly valued the good results of the Japanese PM’s official visit, especially Kishida’s talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh and meetings with President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue, during which both sides reached many common perceptions, agreements, and important measures for bilateral cooperation.
The Party leader expressed his joy at the rapid and comprehensive development of the two countries’ relations as demonstrated in frequent mutual visits by their leaders, intensive and effective economic ties, and nearly 450,000 Vietnamese people in Japan.
He highlighted great potential for cooperation in a multitude of fields between the two countries in the coming time,
asking both sides to continue intensifying high-level exchanges and meetings as well as relations between their sectors and localities, while coordinating with each other at international forums for the sake of the two countries’ interests, and for peace, friendship, and cooperation in the region and the world as a whole.
The Party leader hailed the countries’ plan on activities marking the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2023 so as to create more durable stepping stones for their result-oriented, effective, and practical relations in the time ahead.
He also emphasized Vietnam’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development; multilateralisation and diversification of foreign relations, and of being a friend, a trustworthy partner, and a responsible member of the international community.
For his part, PM Kishida noted the significant results achieved during his talks with his counterpart Pham Minh Chinh and a host of meetings with other Vietnamese leaders.
He suggested the Vietnamese Party leader support diverse activities celebrating the 50 years of the Japan - Vietnam diplomatic ties, affirming that he will try his best to propel bilateral relations to a new level.
During the meeting, the two leaders also exchanged views on some regional and international issues of shared concern.
Receiving the Japanese PM , President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that Vietnam and Japan share common strategic interests and Japan is a trustworthy and longtime strategic partner which is always a high priority in Vietnam’s foreign policy.
The Vietnamese State leader noted his appreciation for the visit, which he said indicates Japan’s sentiments, sincerity and respect for Vietnam and the countries’ extensive strategic partnership. He expressed his gratitude to Kishida’s considerable contributions to the strong development of the Vietnam-Japan relations.
The two sides displayed their delight at the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership which have progressed in recent times, especially the spirit of sharing, partnership, cooperation and surmounting hardships together in the fight against COVID-19.
Japan has always been Vietnam’s leading partner in terms of trade, investment, official development assistance (ODA), tourism and labour affairs, Phuc told his guest.
Based on the achievements in bilateral relations over the time, the Vietnamese President proposed that both nations consolidate political trust, maintain regular visits and exchanges at all levels and organize 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 two sides will increase effective and practical cooperation in national defence-security, strengthen the two economies' connectivity, promote supply chains, and expand cooperation in investment, trade and digital transformation.
The two countries should also push ahead with the implementation of new generation ODA and bolster cooperation in healthcare, natural disaster preparedness, climate change adaptation and transition to clean energy, thus benefiting the two countries' people.
The Vietnamese President used the occasion to invite the Japanese Emperor and Empress as well as members of the Imperial House of Japan to visit Vietnam in the future.
For his part, the Japanese PM reiterated that Japan always places importance on relations with Vietnam in its regional policy.
Agreeing with suggestions by President Phuc, Kishida expressed his wish to boost close cooperation with Vietnam and take the extensive strategic partnership to new heights towards the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023. He invited President Phuc to visit Japan next year.
During the meeting, the leaders concurred to closely coordinate at international and regional forums. They also compared notes 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 enhancement.
The same day, PM Kishida Fumio and his delegation left Hanoi, concluding their official visit to Vietnam from April 30 to May 1.
The visit by PM Kishida took place when the Vietnam-Japan ties are in their most prosperous period ever. It contributed to deepening the bilateral relationship, realizing the outcomes of PM Chinh’s visit to Japan last November, solidifying political trust between the two countries and sound relations between their leaders and increasing result-oriented cooperation in a multitude of areas, meeting the interests and aspiration of the two peoples.