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Japan ties given timely boost as both nations prepare to prosper

Update: December, 06/2012 - 10:57


President of Japan's House of Councillors Hirata Kenji (left) receives National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in Tokyo yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
TOKYO (VNS)— Viet Nam considers friendship and comprehensive co-operation with Japan as a top priority in its foreign policy.

This was stated by National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung who is on an official visit to Japan at the invitation of President of Japan's House of Councillors Hirata Kenji.

During talks between the two nations' parliamentarians in Tokyo yesterday, Hung said his visit was aimed at boosting the strategic partnership between the two countries in all fields while fostering friendship and co-operation between the National Assembly of Viet Nam and Japan's House of Councillors.

Hailing Japan's successful recovery after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March last year, Hung expressed his belief that the country would continue to prosper and play an increasingly important role in the region and the world.

Viet Nam would do its utmost to support Japan, he said.

Hung also stressed that the two countries should closely co-ordinate to organise the Viet Nam-Japan Friendship Year to celebrate their 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year.

He thanked the Japanese Government for its large ODA for Viet Nam and said the aid would be used effectively.

Proposing measures to accelerate the strategic partnership between the two countries, Hung suggested both sides increase visits and meetings among senior officials and exchanges between the two parliaments, in particular among parliamentary friendship groups and committees from both parliaments to learn from each other's lawmaking experience.

Applauding Viet Nam's socio-economic achievements and its role in Southeast Asia, Kenji emphasised that by strengthening co-operation with Viet Nam, Japan could broaden its relations with other regional countries for peace, friendship and development.

Kenji expressed his hope that the Vietnamese and Japanese Governments would work together more closely, especially in education and culture. He said Japan would continue increasing ODA for Viet Nam and hoped the latter would effectively manage and distribute the aid.

He also suggested Viet Nam improve its investment environment and create favourable conditions for businesses from both countries to operate.

Later the same day, Hung and his delegation visited the Vietnamese Embassy in Japan and met representatives from the Vietnamese community in Tokyo. — VNS

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