Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich (R) presents a gift to Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio (Photo: ​qdnd.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam – Japan defence ties have received significant attention from leaders of the two countries and grown well, according to Vietnamese Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich.

He made the statement at a reception for Japanese Ambassador to Vietnam Umeda Kunio in Hanoi on March 28.

Lich said the progress has brought about mutual benefits and contributed to peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

The minister suggested bilateral defence cooperation should focus on military health care, search and rescue, natural disaster prevention, bomb clearance and dioxin detoxification.

For his part, Umeda Kunio lauded Vietnam’s role in the region, stressing that defence engagements between Vietnam and Japan have grown significantly in recent years.

The diplomat said Japan is considering providing more aid for Vietnam to overcome the consequences of war.-VNA