Party Chief Nguyen Phu Trong meets Japanese Emperor Akihito (Source: VNA)

The Japanese royal family strongly supports the development of relations between Japan and Vietnam, Emperor Akihito told Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong during their meeting in Tokyo on September 16. 

The Emperor welcomed the Vietnamese Party chief’s official visit to Japan as holding significant meaning in enhancing the friendship and affiliation between the two countries.

He wished Vietnam would continue to reap significant attainments in the national construction and prosperity.

Emperor Akihito and General Secretary Trong sides were delighted at the rapid, pragmatic and sound cooperation between Vietnam and Japan over recent years.

Trong expressed his pleasure to revisit Japan and witness the Japanese government and people’s endeavours in national recovery and reconstruction, actively contributing to peace, cooperation and development in the region and around the globe.

He highly valued the close-knit sentiment of the Japanese Emperor and royal family for Vietnam and the friendship and cooperation between the two countries, and affirmed the Vietnamese Party and State regard Japan as a leading and long-term partner.

He invited the Emperor and his family members to visit Vietnam.

The same day, Trong met with Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP) Sadakazu Tanigaki, who affirmed the LDP will coordinate with the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) to push the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan forward.

The Vietnamese leader reviewed the outcomes of talks with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and underlined that cooperation between the two parties plays a crucial role in creating the foundation for political stability and firm bilateral rapport.

He extolled the LDP’s role in enhancing official development assistance (ODA) cooperation as well as its key role in the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Union in propelling the two countries’ relations forward.

He expressed his hope to further cooperative ties between the two parties in the coming time via regular delegation and cultural exchanges, experience sharing and increasing collaboration in regional and international issues.

The two sides witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on enhancing cooperation between the CPV and LDP, which is expected to help reinforce the long-term, stable and comprehensive bilateral political ties.

On the same day, Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong received President of the New Komeito Party Natsuo Yamaguchi, during which both sides expressed their hope to bolster cooperative ties between the two parties.

President Yamaguchi said the regular delegation exchanges between the two parties have contributed to increasing mutual understanding, thus, enhancing multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries.

Party General Trong expressed his wish for the development of two parties’ ties in the near future, contributing to boosting the extensive strategic partnership.-VNA