|Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh holds phone talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (Photo:VNA)
This was the second time the two diplomats had held a phone conversation over the past two months.
During the phone talks, they briefed each other on the COVID-19 situation and prevention and control results in their respective nation while consenting to work hand in hand to boost exchange and economic links between the two countries.
Minh praised the Japanese Government for their positive results in COVID-19 prevention and control and thanked the Government and people of Japan for their support for Vietnam in the COVID-19 fight, especially the support package given to Vietnamese students and interns living in Japan.
Toshimitsu Motegi, in turn, congratulated Vietnam's impressive achievements in containing the pandemic, which earned international plaudits. He also expressed his thanks to the Vietnamese Government, National Assembly and people for offering medical masks to his nation and facilitating Japanese managers and experts’ return to Vietnam to work.
The Japanese diplomat told Minh that said apart from previous aid packages for COVID-19 prevention and control, Japan would continue to support Vietnam by providing its with medical equipment and supplies. He suggested the two sides consider resumption of travel between the two countries’ people, especially managers and experts as a means of bolstering economic, trade and investment cooperation.
The two officials concurred to work closely at regional and international forums, including ASEAN and the Mekong – Japan cooperation mechanism, and accelerate the implementation of the proposal to set up an ASEAN Centre for emerging diseases and public health emergencies by Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo at the online Special ASEAN Plus Three Summit held on April 14.