Hanoi (VNA) - Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and his wife will pay an official visit to Vietnam from October 18-20.

The trip will be made at the invitation of Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his wife.

This will be PM Suga’s first overseas trip just a month after he took office, the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said at a regular press conference on October 15.

The visit will take place in the context of the fruitfully developing Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership, she said, adding that Japan has remained Vietnam’s leading economic partner, largest ODA provider, second-largest investor, and fourth-largest trade partner.

It aims to further enhance the bilateral relationship, seek ways to step up cooperation in sectors such as trade, investment, human resources, education and training, and culture, and provide a forum for discussing regional and international issues of shared concern.

PM Suga is scheduled to hold talks with PM Phuc, meet with other Vietnamese leaders, and engage in other activities, according to the spokesperson./.