Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) meets Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of Japanese ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in Beijing on April 26 (Photo: VNA)

Beijing (VNA)
– Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a meeting with Toshihiro Nikai, Secretary-General of Japanese ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in Beijing on April 26.

At the meeting, held on the sidelines of the second Belt and Road Forum (BRF) for International Cooperation, the two sides agreed to continue promoting the friendship and partnership between the two countries, while continue fostering trade and investment collaboration to strengthen linkage between the two economies.

Japan is currently among the most important partner of Vietnam, the leading ODA provider, the second biggest investor, the third largest tourism market and fourth biggest trade partner, noted the Vietnamese PM.

Toshihiro Nikai, who is also President of the Japanese-Vietnamese Parliamentary Alliance, said that Japan and Vietnam have enjoyed increasingly close relationship, with more than 300,000 Vietnamese people living and working in Japan.

He informed the Vietnamese PM on a plan to organise a Lotus Festival to showcase specious lotus species of Vietnam and Japan in Okayama city to strengthen mutual cultural understanding between people of the two countries.

He expressed his hope that the Vietnamese Government will continue backing the Vietnam-Japan University project.

PM Phuc said that he hopes the Japanese Government will continue supporting the Vietnamese community in Japan – the third largest foreign community in the country. Vietnam will turn the Vietnam-Japan University into a symbol of education cooperation between the two countries, he said, asking the two Governments as well as ministries and sectors of the two countries to continue working closely together to implement the project soon.

As the coordinator of the ASEAN-Japan relations in the 2018-2021 period and the ASEAN Chair in 2020, Vietnam will continue coordinating closely with Japan in further deepening the partnership between the ASEAN, Mekong sub-regional countries and Japan in the future, he declared.-VNA