Top Japanese diplomat arrives to attend friendship gathering
HA NOI — Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on Saturday hosted separate receptions for Japanese Foreign Minister Gemba Koichiro, who is in Ha Noi for the fourth session of the Viet Nam-Japan Co-operation Committee.
|Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (right) receives Japanese Foreign Minister Gemba Koichiro in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
Talking with the Japanese minister, Party General Secretary Trong expressed his pleasure with the development of the bilateral multi-faceted co-operation and friendship with his country.
He affirmed Viet Nam's consistent policy of treasuring the strategic partnership with Japan and expanding co-operation and exchanges for the benefit of both peoples, thus contributing to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and the world.
The Party leader highly valued Japan's provision of official development assistance (ODA) to Viet Nam at a high level, and pledged to use it effectively.
He suggest the two countries work closely together to organise the Viet Nam-Japan Friendship Year in 2013 when they will celebrate the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
Minister Gemba Koich-iro thanked the Vietnamese people for their support and solidarity with the Japanese people following the tsunami last year.
He said that Japanese people and businesses wanted to strengthen relations with Viet Nam and proposed both sides increase high-level visits and promote contact between political parties and parliaments as well as cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
He also urged both sides to join hands to raise the effectiveness of co-operation, particularly in the implementation of projects the two governments had signed, and further the Japan-Viet Nam strategic partnership.
At his meeting with Foreign Minister Gemba Koichiro, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hailed the outcomes of talks between the two foreign ministers and the fourth session of the Viet Nam-Japan Co-operation Committee.
The PM said the Vietnamese desire to join hands with Japan to further deepen co-operation in all areas between the two countries for mutual development.
He said that Viet Nam had already formed a steering board for celebrations during the Viet Nam-Japan Friendship Year in 2013 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties, and another board to speed industrial co-operation.
Dung added that the two Governments needed to push forward large co-operation projects agreed by both sides, such as the construction of Ninh Thuan nuclear-power plant 2 and the development of the rare earth industry in Viet Nam.
Minister Gemba Koichiro said during his current visit to Viet Nam, the two sides had discussed orientations and measures to develop the strategic partnership in a comprehensive, effective and substantial manner.
The minister affirmed Japan would boost co-operation with Viet Nam in human resource development, science-technology, culture and people-to-people exchange.He said that Japan continued to consider Viet Nam as a leading partner in terms of ODA, saying the Japanese Government would maintain ODA provision at a high level, focusing on growth support and enhancement of competitiveness, natural disaster control and climate change adaptation.
Regarding the East Sea issue, Minister Gemba expressed Japan's support of free trade, secure and safe maritime navigation on the East Sea, and the solution of disputes through peaceful measures on the basis of international law.
Japan pledges ODA
Japan considered Viet Nam a leading partner in terms of ODA and would continue to provide aid at a high level, Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba told his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Binh Minh and the fourth meeting of the Viet Nam-Japan Co-operation Committee in Ha Noi on Saturday. He said ODA inflow would focus on improving market economic institutions, growth support, and coping with natural disasters.
The Japanese FM affirmed Japan's resolve to comprehensively develop the strategic partnership with Viet Nam in various areas. He added that Japan will help Viet Nam draw -up and imp-lement an industrial development strategy, he added.
Minh said Viet Nam considered Japan as one of its leading strategic partners. He said he valued the Japanese provision of ODA , despite its own reconstruction process after the twin disasters in March last year.
Both agreed to maintain regular visits of the two countries' leaders, bring into full play the role of the existing dialogue mechanisms and effectively implementing previous agreements, including those to build the trans-national expressway, Lach Huyen port, Long Thanh airport, Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant, and projects to exploit and process rare earth.
They shared the view that they should co-operate more closely to perfect the investment environment in Viet Nam, promote the private-public partnership model, and strengthen co-operation in trade, climate change, judicial affairs and human resource development.
Regarding the East Sea sea issue, they held that concerned parties need to settle disputes through peaceful dialogues on the basis of international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, seriously observing the spirit of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, building towards a Code of Conduct (COC).
They said Viet Nam and Japan would do their best to contribute to maintaining peace, maritime safety and peace, and stability in the region. — VNS