At the event (Source: VNA) 
 
HCM City (VNA) – The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee held a ceremony on September 21 to mark the 45th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties.

Speaking at the event, permanent Vice Chairman of the municipal People’s Committee Le Thanh Liem said that since the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties in 1973, Vietnam and Japan lifted their ties to a trusted and long-term stable partnership in 2002, strategic partnership in 2009, and extensive strategic partnership for the peace and prosperity of Asia in March 2014.

Liem said Ho Chi Minh City considers Japan not only an important strategic partner, but also a sincere and trusted friend.

He thanked the Japanese Government and people for providing effective support to the city’s development projects – such as the Vo Van Kiet highway, the metro line No.1, and water environment improvement – making important contributions to its socio-economic development in years past.

In the near future, the city will work closely with Japan to launch initiatives and increase dialogues towards promoting mutual understanding and developing bilateral ties.

Japanese Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City Kawaue Junichi described the extensive partnership between the city and Japan as a symbol of Vietnam-Japan ties with diverse cooperation programmes.

He expressed his wishes for further support from the municipal authorities to further foster bilateral links.

On the occasion, the Japanese official presented certificates of merit to Chairman of the municipal Vietnam-Japan Friendship Association Nguyen Cong Tanh and Rector of Dong Du Japanese Language Centre Nguyen Duc Hoe in honour of their dedication to the Vietnam-Japan ties. –VNA