Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe addresses the opening ceremony of the online ASEAN+3 summit on COVID-19 on Tuesday. — VNA/VNS Photo
TOKYO — Japanese Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu on Tuesday affirmed that his country highly valued Việt Nam's leadership during its ASEAN Chairmanship Year 2020.
Speaking at a press conference in Tokyo, Motegi said Japan took note of Việt Nam's proactive call on ASEAN member states to cope with the COVID-19 outbreak and organise an online ASEAN+3 summit in response to the pandemic.
The videoconference took place on Tuesday afternoon with the participation of leaders from the 10 ASEAN member nations and the bloc’s three partners, China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.
He added that Japan would discuss measures to contain the spread of the pandemic and enhance international cooperation and joint actions in fiscal and monetary policies to support developing countries. — VNS