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Japan honours former deputy PM for promoting relations

Update: June, 12/2012 - 09:48

HA NOI — Former Deputy Prime Minister cum foreign minister Pham Gia Khiem has been presented with the Japanese Sunrise Order for his work in promoting diplomatic relations with Japan.

The award was presented at a ceremony held yesterday by Japanese ambassador in Viet Nam Yasuaki Tanizaki.

Tanizaki said the Order was for Khiem's contributions to developing the strategic partnership between Japan and Viet Nam during his years as a career diplomat.

Khiem thanked the Japanese Government and its people for the award and expressed his belief that strategic relations between the two countries would move to the next level, especially as they celebrated 40 years of diplomatic ties next year. — VNS

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