|Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng (second, right) hosts a reception yesterday for Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko in Hà Nội. — VNA/VNS Photo Trí Dũng|Viet Nam News
HÀ NỘI – Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng hosted a reception yesterday for Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, who are on a week-long State visit to Việt Nam.
The Party General Secretary stated that the visit, which is the first ever made by a Japanese Emperor to Việt Nam, carries historic meaning and marks a new development in the friendly relationship between the two countries.
He affirmed Việt Nam very much treasures the ties with Japan and wishes to further strengthen the friendship.
General Secretary Trọng took the occasion to thank Japan for giving Việt Nam valuable assistance in socio-economic development and national construction in the past.
Emperor Akihito recalled the vivid impressions that he got during the meetings with Party General Secretary Nguyễn Phú Trọng in Japan in 2008 and 2015.
He thanked the Party General Secretary, other leaders and people of Việt Nam for the respectful and warm welcome.
The Japanese Emperor and Empress and General Secretary Trọng discussed in depth the cultures and cultural exchange between Việt Nam and Japan, highlighting the cultural similarities and long-time cultural exchange between the two nations.
Emperor Akihito expressed deep sympathy for Việt Nam’s great losses caused by wars, noting that he is impressed by the great achievements the country has achieved in its reform process and reconstruction.
The Emperor appreciated Việt Nam’s contribution to world peace and wished that people of the two countries continue cooperation for peace.
Party General Secretary Trọng and Emperor Akihito shared the view that the Việt Nam-Japan friendship and cooperation is now at its best in history, and the hope that the visit of the Emperor and Empress will help promote the bilateral relations across many fields.-VNS