Vietnamese President meets with Japanese Emperor in Tokyo

VOV.VN - President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Japanese Emperor Naruhito on September 28 in Tokyo as part of his trip to the Japan to attend the state funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.

The Vietnamese State leader expressed his deep condolences over the recent death of former PM Abe, highlighting his special sentiment, dedication, and efforts to promote friendship between the two countries. This can be seen through the upgrade of bilateral ties to the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia in 2014, which President Phuc described as a precious part of heritage which needs to be upheld and promoted.

He greatly valued the vigorous, comprehensive, and substantive development of the extensive strategic partnership across a multiple fields, the increase in people-to-people exchanges, and mutual assistance provided in trying times, especially during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Phuc expressed appreciation for support given by Japan, which was the first country to donate COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies to Vietnam in order to help with the country’s pandemic response.

He also extended an invitation from Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and himself to the Japanese Emperor and Empress to visit the nation to mark the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties ahead in 2023. He outlined that the visit would be of significant importance to the countries’ mutual relations.

Expressing his delight at the state of thriving relations, Emperor Naruhito affirmed that he places great importance on the Vietnam - Japan friendship and will do his utmost to contribute to bilateral ties.

He also underscored the importance of boosting mutual trust and understanding between the two peoples through cultural and people-to-people exchanges, particularly ahead of marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties.