President Truong Tan Sang has told Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida that Vietnam highly values the support that Japan has given to the country during its economic development over the past years.

Meeting the diplomat on August 1 in Hanoi, he said he believes that on the foundation of the mutually trustful political ties, the two countries will enjoy more progress in bilateral ties in the future.

The president informed the guest that Vietnam has finished all the necessary procedures to launch the Vietnam-Japan University, which he described as a symbol for the friendship between Vietnam and Japan. He mentioned the help of Kansai region and Ibaraki prefecture in the form of tuna fishing tools and farming technology transfer to Vietnamese farmers, saying that any assistance at times of difficulties is very precious.

Vietnamese authorities are also working hard to remove all obstacles for Japanese investors in the country, he said.

President Sang also took the occasion to invite the Japanese Emperor and the royal family, as well as government and parliament leaders of Japan to visit Vietnam.

Minister Kishida noted that cooperation in politics, economics and people-to-people contacts between the two countries is growing remarkably. He said Japan is keen on stronger cooperation with Vietnam in energy.

The Japanese FM also thanked the Vietnamese sides for efforts to put the Vietnam-Japan University into operation.

On regional and international issues, Kishida also made it clear that Japan supports Vietnam’s stance of settling disputes through peaceful measures in conformity with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.-VNA