President: Vietnam considers Japan as leading partner hinh anh 1President Tran Dai Quang (R) welcomes Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives Oshima Tadamori in Hanoi (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam attaches importance to its strategic partnership with Japan and considers Japan as a leading and long-term partner, said President Tran Dai Quang.

During a reception in Hanoi on May 5 for Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives Oshima Tadamori, President Quang also spoke highly of the development of parliamentary cooperation between the two countries in recent years as well as the exchanges between their young parliamentarians.

Having expressed his delight at the outcomes of the earlier talks between Tadamori and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the President believed that the ongoing visit will significantly contribute to fostering cooperative ties between the two legislatures, and between Vietnam and Japan as well.

He praised the strong development of the Vietnam-Japan relationship in all fields, particularly in politics, security-defence, economy, cooperation among localities and people-to-people exchange, saying that the official visit to Vietnam by PM Shinzo Abe and the first State visit by the Japanese Emperor and Empress in March 2017 created a new momentum for bilateral relations in the future.

President Quang suggested the two nations continue their close coordination at multilateral forums, while working together closely to ensure navigation security on the basis of respect for international law and settlement of disputes through peaceful measures.

Having thanked Japan for its official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam over the past 20 years, the President called on Tadamori and the House of Representatives to continue supporting the Japanese Government’s provision of more ODA for Vietnam.

Vietnam also welcomes Japanese businesses to expand investments in the country, especially in the fields of infrastructure, high technology, supporting industry and climate change adaptation, he added.

For his part, Tadamori held that 2017 is an important year for the development of bilateral ties with various high-level visits, including the Vietnam visits by PM Shinzo Abe, the Japanese Emperor and Empress, and the upcoming visits to Japan by Deputy PM and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc.

He said that many Japanese enterprises and investors want to seek investment and business opportunities in Vietnam, adding that Vietnam’s determination to reform administrative procedures and improve its investment environment is an important factor to attract more Japanese firms.

Tadamori asserted that Vietnam and Japan should further promote their coordination in regional mechanisms such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum, and affirmed Japan’s support to Vietnam in hosting the APEC Year 2017.

The same day, President of the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Parliamentarian Group Pham Minh Chinh hosted a banquet in honour of the Japanese delegation.

The Japanese guests also visited the Nguyen Dinh Chieu high school for blind children, the Birla Children Village and the Vietnam-Japan University in Hanoi.-VNA