Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted a reception in Hanoi on January 16 for visiting Japan’s House of Representative member Kawai Katsuyuki.

At the meeting, the Deputy PM affirmed Vietnam has always valued and wished to further develop the comprehensive cooperative partnership with Japan, which is one of the top priorities in the country’s foreign policy.

He thanked Japan for providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Vietnam and reiterated the country’s commitment to using the funding in the most efficient way.

He also requested leaders of both the Senate and House of Representative in the Japanese parliament to continue their support of ODA provision for Vietnam.

Deputy PM Phuc further said he wishes the two countries strengthen their coordination at international and regional forums, while boosting bilateral people-to-people exchange, particularly among the young generation.

In return, Katsuyuki, who is former Chairman of the House of Representative’s Foreign Affairs Committee, rejoiced at the flourishing relations between the two countries.

He expressed hope that the two sides will fortify collaboration in the fields of economic development, trade, investment and people exchange with a view to bolstering mutual understanding.-VNA