Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (r) welcomes Special Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet Isao Iijima in Hà Nội on Friday.— VNA/VNS Photo Thống Nhất
HÀ NỘI – Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc lauded the strong growth across all fields of the Việt Nam-Japan extensive strategic partnership as he received Special Advisor to the Japanese Cabinet Isao Iijima in Hà Nội on Friday.
PM Phúc mentioned that he and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had worked closely together to boost bilateral relations in economy, trade, investment and tourism.
Việt Nam was hosting the 2019 Japan Cherry Blossom Festival – an important cultural event for both nations, contributing to cultural and people-to-people exchanges, the PM noted.
For his part, Iijima said it was the sixth annual edition of the festival in Việt Nam, stating that Japan appreciated the Vietnamese side’s close co-ordination to hold the event.
He revealed that on the occasion of this year’s festival, the Japan Cherry Blossom Association had selected two Vietnamese goodwill ambassadors to play a role in boosting bilateral cultural exchange.
Iijima noted that Japanese PM Abe was looking forward to PM Phúc’s attendance at the upcoming G20 Summit in Osaka, Japan, so that the two leaders could discuss measures to enhance bilateral ties.
The advisor said that under PM Phúc’s direction, Việt Nam was speeding up its smart city development, considering it a good opportunity for Japan, an experienced country in the field, to co-operate with Việt Nam.
Economic exchanges between the two nations’ business communities was growing, so the advisor hoped that there would be more Vietnamese firms collaborating with the Japanese side, particularly in becoming active members of the KEIDANREN (Japan Business Federation).
PM Phúc said the Vietnamese people were pleased with the fruitful outcomes of Việt Nam-Japan cultural and people-to-people exchanges.
Affirming the Government and he would spare no effort in propelling bilateral relations, the PM hoped to meet the Japanese PM at the G20 Summit and discuss measures to push their ties to a new height. – VNS