President Tran Dai Quang (left) shakes hands with Chuichi Date, Speaker of House of Councillors of the Japanese National Diet during their meeting in Tokyo on May 30. (Photo: VNA)

Tokyo (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang had a meeting with Chuichi Date, Speaker of House of Councillors of the Japanese National Diet in Tokyo on May 30 during which the two sides said they are pleased with strong growth of the Vietnam-Japan ties.

Speaking at the meeting, Chuichi Date expressed his pleasure to welcome President Tran Dai Quang and the high-level Vietnamese delegation to Japan when the two countries are celebrating the 45th anniversary of their diplomatic ties. He thanked President Quang, his spouse and Vietnamese people for their warm reception for Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko when they visited Vietnam in early 2017.

He also said he is pleased to see the strong, comprehensive and practical development of the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership with a number of high-level visits and people-to-people exchanges in recent years.

President Quang, for his part, also expressed his delight at the robust and substantive growth of the bilateral relations over the past 45 years, especially since the two countries upgraded their ties to the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia in 2014.

Vietnam always sees Japan as a top and long-term partner, he emphasised.

The Vietnamese State leader proposed the two nations to step up cooperation between their legislative bodies with enhanced exchanges of information and experience in law making. He also asked his host to support the promotion of Japanese trade and investment activities in Vietnam and the continued ODA provision for the Southeast Asian nation’s key projects, particularly in high-quality human resources training and climate change adaption.

Furthermore, he wanted the two sides to continue strengthening cooperation in labour affairs, expanding people-to-people exchanges and creating conditions for their people to live, study and work in each country.

He moved on to ask the National Diet of Japan to strongly back ASEAN’s stance on the East Sea issue and help Vietnam improve the capacity of marine law enforcement forces.

Speaker Chuichi Date highly spoke of Vietnam’s success in hosting the 26th Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF-26) and suggested the two sides further bolster ties at multilateral parliamentary forums and promote exchanges between their parliamentary agencies, particularly between young parliamentarians in the time ahead.

He affirmed Japan will continue partnering with and assisting Vietnam in the socio-economic development, contributing to taking the bilateral extensive strategic partnership to a new height for the benefit of the two countries’ people.

President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse are on a State visit to Japan from May 29 to June 2. The visit aims to affirm Vietnam’s consistent external policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification in international relations, as well as the importance that the country attaches to strengthening the extensive strategic partnership with Japan.

The visit also seeks to bolster the close relationship and political trust between senior leaders of Vietnam and Japan, contributing to strengthening the bilateral extensive strategic partnership.

Vietnam and Japan set up their diplomatic ties in September 1973. Over the past years, the two countries have become important partners of each other in many fields. Since Vietnam and Japan lift their relationship to Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia in March 2014, the two sides have enjoyed strong, comprehensive and practical progress in bilateral ties.-VNA