Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh (R) and Chairperson of the LDP's Policy Research Council (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh lauded Japan’s support for Vietnam’s socio-economic development, economic restructuring and infrastructure construction.

He made the remarks while meeting with Chairperson of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP)’s Policy Research Council Fumio Kishida on June 1 in the framework of President Tran Dai Quang’s state visit to Japan.

He thanked the Japanese side for giving President Quang and the Vietnamese high-ranking delegation warm welcome, particularly the presence of the Emperor and Empress at the ceremony to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic relations.

The Vietnamese diplomat said that the visit is significant to open a new development phase in the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership towards a more practical and effective manner, meeting expectations of people from the two countries.

On the occasion, he congratulated Kishida on receiving the Order of Friendship from President Tran Dai Quang in recognition for his great contributions to the development of the two countries’ relations.

Minh expressed his hope that Kishida will continue his support for the bilateral relations in the coming time.

Kishida, for his part, affirmed that Japan attached much importance to the success of President Quang’s State visit while expressing his delights over the strong and extensive relations between Vietnam and Japan in the past 45 years.

Speaking highly of Vietnam’s socio-economic development in the past time, the Japanese official said that Japan will further assistance for Vietnam to develop socio-economy, including high-quality infrastructure construction and human resources training.

He said that it is his honour to receive the Order of Friendship from the Vietnamese State after more than two decades working for the thriving Vietnam-Japan ties.-VNA