Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung hailed the contributions of former Japanese Prime Minister Hatoyama Yukio to the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.

Welcoming his guest on September 14 in Hanoi, PM Dung thanked Hatoyama for his donation of 50 wheelchairs to children with Agent Orange/Dioxin (AO) disabilities at the opening ceremony of the Vietnam-Japan clinic in Hanoi.

He highly valued Hatoyama’s efforts to boost bilateral ties as Prime Minister, as well as in his current position as a member of the Japanese parliament and President of the Japan-Vietnam Parliamentarians Alliance.

On his part, Hatoyama said he was keen to cooperate with Vietnam to provide humanitarian assistance for children AO child victims.

He proposed the Vietnamese Government ask its Japanese counterpart to include AO victim support in its ODA provision programme, whilst acknowledging that Japan was capable of helping Vietnam detoxify its environment and provide surgery for children suffering from exposure to the toxin.

He also pointed to the need for both sides to enhance their partnership on vocational training and agricultural development.

He pledged to encourage Japanese localities to work with Vietnamese provinces on high-tech agriculture, especially in rice production and aquaculture.

Acknowledging Hatoyama’s ideas, PM Dung said Vietnam would ask for Japan’s help in overcoming the consequences of AO.

With regard to regional and international issues, Hatoyama expressed his opinion to settle peacefully disputes in the region, especially in the East Sea and the East China Sea, in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, without the use or threat of force.

On the occasion, PM Dung spoke of the upcoming performance of Tokyo Orchestra, in which Hatoyama’s son Hatoyama Kiichiro plays, saying this significant event will promote cultural exchange and mutual understanding between the two peoples.-VNA