Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân meets Vice President of the House of Councillors of Japan Ogawa Toshio in Hà Nội on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Trọng Đức
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam and Japan have agreed to increase exchanges between parliamentarians, especially young and female lawmakers, to share information and experience in legislative activities.
The agreement was reached between Vietnamese National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân and Vice President of the House of Councillors of Japan Ogawa Toshio at a meeting in Hà Nội yesterday.
The two leaders agreed to promote the connecting role of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group and the Japan-Việt Nam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance.
They said the two parliaments have paid attention to supervising co-operation agreements signed between Việt Nam and Japan in all fields, as well as support the two governments to step up ties.
The two sides recognised the development of the Việt Nam-Japan extensive strategic partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia.
Ngân said Việt Nam attaches great importance to ties with Japan.
She added that Việt Nam appreciated Japan’s co-operation and provision of official development assistance (ODA), which has helped Việt Nam with national development, poverty reduction, economic growth, and settlement of post-war consequences.
Ngân proposed the House of Councillors of Japan encourage Japanese businesses to invest in Việt Nam in hi-tech agriculture and supporting industries, as well as enable Vietnamese firms to join Japanese suppliers’ chains.
She also suggested promoting cultural exchanges, locality-to-locality co-operation, and collaboration in human resources development.
She called on the two countries to strengthen ties at regional and global forums.
Ngân hoped Japan will continue supporting the viewpoints of ASEAN and Việt Nam on maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, as well as settling disputes via peaceful measures in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Toshio said Japanese parliamentarians support developing relations with Việt Nam.
Regarding settling post-war consequences, he said this is not only a matter of bilateral co-operation but also a humanitarian issue. Therefore, the Japanese parliament and government will assist Việt Nam in this field, he vowed. — VNS