|Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) and Japanese PM Kishida Fumio hold talks in Tokyo. Photo: VGP
During the talks, which took place as part of Phuc’s stay in Japan to attend the state funeral for former PM Abe Shinzo, the President offered his deepest condolences to the Liberal Democratic Party, parliament, Government, and people of Japan, along with the family of Abe, who he described as a “close friend” of the Vietnamese leaders and people.
He affirmed that Vietnam’s leaders and people cherish former PM Abe’s sentiment towards and significant contributions to the two countries’ friendship and cooperation, according to VietnamPlus.
PM Kishida appreciated President Phuc and other Vietnamese leaders’ messages for Japan and former PM Abe.
Japan particularly respects its relations with Vietnam and highly values the Southeast Asian nation’s socio-economic achievements and growing stature and role in the region and the world, he went on.
The two leaders expressed their delight at the strong, comprehensive and substantive development of their countries’ relations. They agreed on orientations for their extensive strategic partnership as the two sides celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2023.
In particular, they agreed to continue enhancing political trust through frequent mutual high-ranking visits; step up diplomatic, security, defence, and economic cooperation in an effective and substantive manner; increase people-to-people and cultural exchanges and tourism links; and coordinate to successfully organise activities marking the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year.
They also agreed to strengthen collaboration in post-Covid economic recovery, while reinforcing the economies’ connectivity and enhancing strategic cooperation in priority areas such as providing new-generation ODA for Vietnam, developing high-quality human resources, and assisting Vietnam in industrialising and developing an independent and self-reliant economy that strongly integrates into the global economy.
The host leader said the Japanese Government will continue easing post-entry quarantine measures for Vietnamese citizens and resume visa exemptions for diplomatic and official passport holders.
It will continue reforming regulations and policies related to foreign workers, including those of Vietnamese nationality, and creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese people to live, study, and work in the country, he affirmed.
While in Japan, President Phuc met with Japan’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Hosoda Hiroyuki.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (left) met Japan’s Speaker of the House of Representatives Hosoda Hiroyuki on September 26. Photo: VNA
Phuc called on the House of Representatives to support the Japanese government’s assistance to Vietnam in building an independent, self-reliant economy that is extensively and intensively integrated into the world through the provision of official development assistance (ODA); and promote trade and investment cooperation, and cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
The host said for Japan, Vietnam is an economic-trade and labour partner, affirming his country’s support for promoting relations, especially in infrastructure development, ODA, technology transfer, bringing Vietnamese farm produce to the Japanese market, and labour cooperation.
President Phuc also had a meeting with President of the Japanese House of Councillors Otsuji Hidehisa in Tokyo the same day. /.
|A photograph of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a makeshift memorial in Tokyo, on July 11.Photographer: Soichiro Koriyama/Bloomberg
Abe, Japan’s longest-serving prime minister, was fatally shot by a gunman during an election campaign speech in early July, Kyodo News reported.
Abe was one of the political leaders to promote the “Free and Open Indo-Pacific” strategy designed to urge democratic nations in the Asia-Pacific region to bolster relations.
The Japanese government said that around 4,300 people would likely join the state funeral for Abe in Tokyo, including roughly 700 people representing more than 200 countries, regions and international organizations.
Abe’s state funeral will be only the second for a former prime minister in the post-war period, following one held for Shigeru Yoshida, who in 1951 signed the San Francisco Peace Treaty that allowed Japan to regain its sovereignty.