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VN, Japan foster closer ties

Update: July, 31/2015 - 09:15
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh co-chaired the seventh meeting of the Viet Nam-Japan Co-operation Committee and held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida in Tokyo. — VNA/VNS Photo

TOKYO (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh co-chaired the seventh meeting of the Viet Nam-Japan Co-operation Committee and held talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida as part of his official visit to Japan from July 29-31.

At the meetings, both sides discussed specific measures to speed up the outcomes of the Japan visit by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in early July.

They also looked at visits by senior leaders in the future to deepen the extensive strategic partnership.

Minh and Kishida agreed to maintain regular visits and meetings of high-level leaders, fostering co-operation in all fields, as well as boosting dialogue mechanisms such as the Viet Nam-Japan Co-operation Committee, strategic partnership dialogue and defence strategic dialogue.

They also agreed to sign a medium and long-term vision for agricultural co-operation and to soon hold the first meeting of the Viet Nam-Japan Joint Committee on Industry, Trade and Energy Cooperation.

The sixth phase of the joint initiative on improving the investment environment was also approved.

Intensify exchanges

The two leaders vowed to intensify exchanges to tighten economic links and for more co-operation relating to official development assistance, trade, investment and agriculture. They also confirmed their determination to implement large-scale projects, including the Ninh Thuan 2 nuclear power plant and the North-South highway.

The two sides exchanged opinions on ways to develop the support industry and foster bilateral trade.

Foreign Minister Kishida agreed to sign ODA projects with Viet Nam in the 2015 fiscal year, including six additional projects worth $2.25 billion.

The two sides also discussed regional and international issues of mutual concern, and agreed to intensify coordination at regional and international forums.

Regarding the East Sea issue, both sides said they shared deep concerns with the international community over the current situation. They agreed on the importance of maintaining peace, and maritime and aviation security, safety and freedom, requesting the parties involved to strictly obey international law, especially the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, and work towards the formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

Kishima said Japan would work for the success of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Year to be hosted by Viet Nam in 2017.

During his stay in Japan, Minh had meetings with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Speaker of the House of Representatives Tadamori Oshima, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Akihiro Ohta, and leaders of the Japan Business Federation (Keidanren) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

At the meetings, Minh said Viet Nam considered Japan as its leading strategic partner. — VNS

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