National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) and Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said her farewell and gave praise to outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada in Hanoi on October 6.

She said the ambassador has worked tirelessly over the past three years to step up the bilateral comprehensive ties efficiently.

She thanked him for urging the Japanese Government to pledge a record ODA sum of 2.5 billion USD in 2015, noting that Japan’s assistance was significant, helping Vietnam spur economic development and improve people’s living conditions.

She was pleased that Japan continues the leading economic partner of Vietnam and hectic cultural and locality-to-locality exchanges contributed to promoting mutual understanding and trust between the two peoples during the ambassador’s working term.

The leader hailed Ambassador Hiroshi Fukada’s role in promoting exchange and affiliations between the two law-making bodies as well.

The diplomat said he was happy that the Vietnam-Japan Strategic Partnership was promoted to the Extensive Strategic Partnership for peace and prosperity in Asia in 2014 during his working term in Vietnam and the two countries’ cooperation across the board was strengthened efficiently.

He noted that besides the high political trust, the friendship and cooperation between Vietnamese and Japanese people provided the foundation for the bilateral ties to grow.

He informed his host that Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko plan to visit Vietnam in 2017, and pledged that he will continue taking activities to promote the relations between the two countries.

Also on the day, the Ambassador said goodbye to Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.-VNA