|PM Nguyen Tan Dung holds a phone conversation with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe conveyed his New Year wishes to all Vietnamese during a telephone conversation with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday.
Both sides expressed their delight at the development of their bilateral relationship, as shown by the upgrade of those ties to an extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity last year.
They said they would continue to work closely with each other on future co-operation in the interests of the two peoples, and for peace, stability, co-operation and development in Asia-Pacific and the world.
The two leaders agreed on the importance of maintaining regular visits and exchanges at all levels, as well as implementing co-operative mechanisms and dialogues.
Dung said both sides should work closely to implement high-level economic agreements, particularly Viet Nam's industrialisation strategy within the Viet Nam-Japan co-operation framework.
He asked Japan to increase its support for Viet Nam in restructuring the economy, improving competitiveness and developing its support and agriculture industries.
PM Abe said that Japan would enhance its economic, trade and investment ties with Viet Nam, while maintaining the provision of official development assistance for the country's socio-economic development, infrastructure upgrade and climate change response.
He also pledged to collaborate with and support Viet Nam in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations.
During the talks, the two PMs also exchanged opinions on regional and international issues of mutual concern, agreeing to strengthen co-ordination at multilateral forums and international organisations.
The Japanese leader also expressed concern over unilateral acts that had altered the status quo in the East Sea and run counter to the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, while supporting the settlement of maritime issues on the basis of international law.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh also held a telephone conversation with Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiech yesterday about measures to enhance bilateral ties in 2015 on the 65th anniversary of Viet Nam-China diplomatic ties.
The two officials, who are both chairmen of the Steering Committee for Bilateral Co-operation between the two countries, discussed in depth how to implement a common understanding reached by the Party General Secretaries of the two countries on February 11. The development of the Viet Nam-China comprehensive strategic co-operative partnership was also discussed.
They agreed to work closely to prepare for visits and meetings between high-ranking officials, including Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong's trip to China.
The role of the committee would continue to uphold co-operative activities, the two officials said, pledging to hold the eighth session of the committee in China in the first half of this year.
They said the two countries would increase people-to-people exchanges, control and maintain stability at sea, and develop their bilateral relationship.
Deputy Prime Minister Minh and US Secretary of State John Kerry discussed bilateral ties over the phone on the same day.
Both sides reflected the progress of bilateral relationship since the establishment of their comprehensive partnership, saying that 2015 was a significant year with a series of activities to honour of the 20th anniversary of Viet Nam–US diplomatic ties.
They also underscored the need to facilitate high-level visits to push their ties forward.
Kerry extended his New Year's greetings to the Government and people of Viet Nam, and reiterated the US administration's invitation to Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong to visit the US in 2015.
Minh and Kerry also discussed the next steps to conclude the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations as scheduled, and other areas of co-operation. — VNS