HA NOI — Viet Nam wishes to continue deepening strategic partnership with Japan, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has said.
He made the remark while receiving former Japanese prime minister and President of the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance Yukio Hatoyama in Ha Noi yesterday.
Dung thanked the Japanese Government for its official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam while making efforts to overcome consequences caused the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan in March last year.
Viet Nam would use the ODA effectively, he said.
He asked the Japanese Parliament to support ODA provisions for Viet Nam, especially for infrastructure development and climate change adaptation, as well as boosting co-operation in education and training, culture, security and national defence.
Dung said he appreciated Japan's initiative on co-operation in the sub-Mekong region and asked Japan to continue co-operating and assisting in the research of effective management and use of natural resources from Mekong River.
Yukio Hatoyama thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their co-operation and assistance to Japan after the country was hit by natural disasters.
Hatoyama said that besides co-operation in trade and investment, the two sides needed to boost co-operation in energy, rare earth mining and dealing with climate change challenges.
He expressed hope that Viet Nam would create more favourable conditions for Japanese investors to engage in long-term business in the country and affirmed his commitment to contribute to comprehensive co-operation between Viet Nam and Japan.
On the same day, Politburo member and head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Organisation To Huy Rua met with Hatoyama. — VNS