|PM Nguyen Tan Dung receives former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio yesterday.— VNA/VNS Photo Duong Giang
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hailed the contributions of former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio to the friendship and co-operation between Viet Nam and Japan.
Welcoming his guest yesterday in Ha Noi, Dung thanked Hatoyama for his donation of 50 wheelchairs to children with Agent Orange/Dioxin (AO) disabilities at the opening ceremony of the Viet Nam-Japan clinic in Ha Noi.
He said he highly valued Hatoyama's efforts to boost bilateral ties as Prime Minister, as well as in his current position as a member of the Japanese parliament and President of the Japan-Viet Nam Parliamentarians Alliance.
Hatoyama replied that he was keen to help provide humanitarian assistance for child AO victims.
He proposed the Vietnamese Government ask its Japanese counterpart to include AO victim support in its ODA provision programme.
He added that Japan was capable of helping Viet Nam detoxify its environment and provide surgery for children suffering from exposure to the toxin.
He also pointed to the need for the partnership to enhance vocational training and agricultural development.
He pledged to encourage Japanese localities to work with Vietnamese provinces on high-tech agriculture, especially in rice production and aquaculture.
Acknowledging Hatoyama's ideas, Dung said Viet Nam would ask for Japan's help in overcoming the consequences of AO.
On regional and international issues, Hatoyama expressed his opinion that disputes in the region should be settled peacefully, especially those in the East Sea and the East China Sea, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. These preclude the use or threat of force.
Dung spoke of the coming performance of the Tokyo Orchestra, in which Hatoyama's son, Kiichiro, plays. The PM described the event as significant adding that it would promote mutual understanding between the two peoples. — VNS.