Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception in Hanoi on March 25 for Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Hiroshi Fukada.

The two sides highly valued President Truong Tan Sang’s recently-ended State visit to Japan, saying that they will work closely to implement the outcomes of the visit.

Minh stressed that the Vietnamese Government and people always appreciate the support from the Japanese side for the country’s national construction and development through official development assistance projects.

Regarding the suspected misuse of Japanese Government aid, which involves Japan Transportation Consultants Inc. and the ongoing Hanoi City Urban Railway Construction Project (Line 1), Minh said that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung is paying attention to the case and has directed Vietnam’s related agencies to promptly investigate and closely coordinate with the Japanese side during the investigation.

Vietnam is determined to strictly punish any person involved in the case if it is proved true, Minh added.

He also asked the Japanese side to soon provide necessary information to, together with Vietnam, clarify the case.

Ambassador Fukada spoke highly of Vietnam’s prompt actions and the constructive collaboration of the Vietnamese Government, ministries and sectors. He pledged to work closely with the Vietnamese side to solve the case.-VNA