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Vietnam treasures strategic partnership with Japan

Update: September, 17/2013 - 08:10
Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung affirmed Viet Nam's constant policy of attaching special importance to the strategic partnership with Japan for peace and prosperity while receiving visiting Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera in Hanoi on Monday.

Appreciating the outcomes of the strategic partnership between the two countries, PM Dung said he hopes the two sides will continue supporting each other at international and regional forums, especially the United Nations.

He hailed the results of the talks between Minister Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh, and expressed his wish that the two ministries will further boost their cooperation through regular dialogues, meetings and delegation exchanges.

PM Dung asked the Japanese side to strengthen cooperation with Viet Nam in personnel training and support the country's participation in international peace-keeping activities.

Minister Onodera told his host that the two defence ministries have reached high consensus on a number of cooperation realms, including human resources training, bomb and mine clearance, and military technology.

He proposed that the Vietnamese Government back cooperation activities between the two ministries, making bilateral defence ties deeper and more practical and effective.

Viet Nam, Japan vow defence ties

Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh and  Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera reviewed the Vietnamese honour guards in the capital Ha Noi. —VNA/VNS Photo

Earlier on the same day, Minister of National Defence, General Phung Quang Thanh, and minister  Onodera, on Monday agreed to strengthen co-operation between their armed forces.

General Thanh welcomed Minister Onodera, who is on his first official visit to Viet Nam as Japan's defence minister. The Vietnamese General expressed optimism that the visit would help deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries. The Japanese minister also praised the implementation of bilateral defence exchanges and recent co-operation between the two militaries.

The two ministers also discussed international and regional issues, agreeing to promote defence-policy dialogue at senior levels and provide training for officers.—VNA/VNS Photo

The two defence ministers discussed ways to promote defence ties in the future, with Defence Minister Thanh requesting Japanese support in technology and dealing with military arms left from wars.

The two ministers also discussed international and regional issues, agreeing to promote defence-policy dialogue at senior levels and provide training for officers.

During their tour of Viet Nam, the Japanese delegation will visit the country's Military Academies, Commando School and the High Command of Naval Zone 4. — VNS


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