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Vietnam Secretary-General and President appreciates Japan's stance on Bien Dong Sea

October 20, 2020 | 15:02

On October 19, at the Central Office of the Communist Party of Vietnam, General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong received Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, who was on an official visit to Vietnam.

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5231 captureAt a reception for the visiting PM in Hanoi, the Vietnamese leader said the PM’s selection of Vietnam for his first overseas trip after taking office demonstrates the special attention he gives to the country as well as bilateral ties.

He expressed his delight at the strong development of bilateral ties in recent times, with high political trust across all spheres in the spirit of the Joint Vision Statement on Vietnam-Japan Relations.

The two countries have shown the spirit of an extensive strategic partnership and become good friends amid difficulties, he said, adding that they have actively supported each other in the fight against COVID-19, Nhan Dan cited.

For his part, Yoshihide Suga expressed his pleasure to return to visit Vietnam in his new position and conveyed gratitude towards General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong, Government leaders, and the people of Vietnam for giving the Japanese high-level delegation a warm and sincere welcome.

5125 captureJapanese Government leader Yoshihide Suga said he was impressed by the achievements Việt Nam has attained in its Reformation efforts along with Việt Nam’s competent handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He reaffirmed that Japan attaches great importance to Vietnam’s position in the region, always supports the development of Vietnam, and stressed that the new Japanese government is committed to inherit and comprehensively promote the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan, which has been built and strengthened by generations of leaders and people of the two countries, Vietnam News reported.

He informed Party General Secretary and State President Trong about the outcomes of talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and affirmed his wish to maintain all-level exchanges between the two countries through result-oriented forms, thus gradually restoring travel and cooperation in different fields.

4821 captureJapan supports Vietnam's stance on the Bien Dong Sea issue

The Vietnamese leader spoke highly of Japan’s stance on the East Sea issue, including the settlement of disputes and differences by peaceful measures, in line with international law, particularly the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

The visiting PM lauded Vietnam’s active, effective, and responsible performance in its capacity as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 and ASEAN Chair 2020, according to Vietnamnet. Japan will further its close cooperation with Vietnam at regional and international forums, and support Vietnam’s and ASEAN’s stance on the East Sea issue, he pledged.

The two leaders shared a belief that relations between the ruling parties of the two countries will make progress in the new era on the basis of the memorandum of understanding on cooperation they reached, thus creating a fine political foundation for relations between the two countries in other areas.

On this occasion, the Japanese PM also expressed his hope that Vietnam’s upcoming 13th National Party Congress will be a success.

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