Vietnam, Japan bolster parliamentary cooperation

VOV.VN - National Assembly (NA) Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong and Vice President of the House of Councillors of Japan Ogawa Toshio consented to further advance parliamentary cooperation between the two nations during their talks in Hanoi on December 18.

During the talks, the NA Vice Chairwoman told her guest that Vietnam always regards Japan as a trusted partner and a leading economic partner as citing statistics that showed this year’s two-way trade had hit US$36.7 billion in ten months leading up to November. Japan is the largest provider of official development assistance to Vietnam and the second largest foreign investor in Vietnam, she noted.

Both nations have many complementary strengths to promote their cooperation, especially when both of them are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Cooperation between the Vietnamese NA and Japan’s House of Councillors, as well as between parliamentarians of the two countries has unceasingly been enhance over the past years, she added.

According to Phong, to foster the partnership between the law-making bodies, both sides need to maintain high-level exchange visits and meetings, support the two Governments in carrying out signed agreements and cooperative programmes across a variety of fields, beef up closer coordination at international and regional forums.    

She also urged the Japanese side to work closely with and support Vietnam when the country undertakes the role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021, Chair of ASEAN and Chair of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly in 2020.  

The Japanese guest highlighted the constantly growing Vietnam-Japan ties in a wide range of fields from politics to culture and people-to-people exchange since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1973. The two countries have elevated their ties to an extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia.

Ogawa greatly values Vietnam’s material and spiritual support for Japan in times of natural disasters and showed the wish that both countries will conduct more exchange visits and share experience in various areas.

He suggested the two sides should further augment cooperation between their legislative bodies, friendship parliamentary groups and parliamentarians.

Ogawa Toshio is leading a delegation of the House of Councillors of Japan on a working visit to Vietnam from December 17-20.