Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam voiced hope for Japan to receive more Vietnamese nurses in a move to bolster bilateral health care cooperation while meeting with Chairman of Japan’s Lower House Committee on Rules and Administration Ichiro Aisawa in Hanoi on February 6.

Vietnam looks to solidify the extensive strategic partnership with Japan across trade, investment, health care and nursing, he told the guest, saying that it is one of the top priorities in the country’s diplomatic policy.

Japan is currently among the leading investors and trade partners of Vietnam and the largest donor of official development assistance to Vietnam, he said.

He asked the guest to help with the implementation of economic deals between Japan and Vietnam, including those covering the sending of Vietnamese nurses to Japan and ODA provision.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam offered condolences to Japan over the brutal killings of Japanese hostages by the self-claimed Islamic State.

“Vietnam strongly condemns all brutal and inhumane actions against innocent civilians and supports efforts of the international community in fighting against terrorism in any form as well as extremist violence,” he said.

The Chairman of Japan’s Lower House Committee on Rules and Administration said he hopes the Vietnamese Government will continue creating favourable conditions for Japanese firms operating in Vietnam. He also called for speeding up the implementation of the Vietnam – Japan Joint Initiative to Improve the Business Environment in Vietnam.-VNA