|Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee, Ha Thi Khiet (M).—VNA/VNS Photo
TOKYO (VNS) — Vietnamese representatives joined an ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) delegation during a visit to Japan last week.
The Vietnamese delegation was led by Ha Thi Khiet, Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee, who is also a deputy from Ha Giang Province in the National Assembly.
The AIPA delegation, headed by Lao National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Pany Yathoutou, who is the AIPA Chairwoman, paid courtesy visits to the Speakers of Japan's House of Councillors and House of Representatives, met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and held discussions with members of the Japan-ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Exchange Group.
Further, Japanese leaders extended their condolences to the Philippines and its neighbours due to the devastating impacts of super typhoon Haiyan.
They also reiterated that Japan wanted to further improve its strategic partnership with ASEAN and was ready to share experiences and help ASEAN countries in various fields.
Yathoutou said she highly valued Japan's support for the building of an ASEAN Community, especially initiatives on ASEAN integration and connectivity. She also reiterated her commitment to furthering cooperation between the Governments, parliaments and people of ASEAN countries and Japan .
Also during the visit, the Vietnamese delegation met with President of the Japan - Viet Nam Parliamentary Friendship Alliance Toshihiro Nikai. Representatives of the two countries agreed to work to strengthen the Viet Nam-Japan strategic partnership and maintain close ties between the two parliaments and their parliamentary friendship groups.
Representatives noted that Vietnam appreciated the assistance given by Japan, which is now the largest investor in the country.
Officials noted that Japan was enthusiastic about boosting cultural exchanges and agricultural cooperation with Viet Nam and wants the country to maintain its determination to establish a Viet Nam-Japan university. — VNS