A photo of PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc (fourth from right) and the delegation from Fukuoka prefecture (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi  (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc expressed his hope that Vietnam and Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture will strengthen cooperative ties in the fields of their strengths for mutual development and benefits while receiving Governor of Fukuoka Hiroshi Ogawa in Hanoi on June 27.

Lauding the visit to Vietnam by leaders of Fukuoka prefecture, PM Phuc wished that Fukuoka will enhance twining relations with Vietnamese localities.

Ties between the two countries’ localities play an important part in the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership, he noted, recommending that the two sides foster economic, cultural, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.

Meanwhile, Ogawa said that the Fukuoka delegation’s visit to Hanoi aims to mark the 10th anniversary of the cooperative and friendship ties with the capital city. Both localities have organised exchange activities in various sectors, particularly environmental and youth cooperation.

Fukuoka prefecture has strengths in manufacturing as well as robot, automobile and steel production, he stated, adding that agriculture was added to the cooperation agreement with Hanoi.

As Vietnam-Japan relations are now at the best, Fukuoka realises its responsibility to make contributions to the development of the ties, he underlined, suggesting both sides promote people-to-people exchanges.

He expressed his hope that the Japanese prefecture will continue to receiving support from the Vietnamese Government and the Prime Minister to step up cooperative ties between the two sides.-VNA