Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung affirmed Vietnam’s constant policy of attaching special importance to the strategic partnership with Japan for peace and prosperity while receiving visiting Japanese Minister of Defence Itsunori Onodera in Hanoi on September 16.

Appreciating the outcomes of the strategic partnership between the two countries, PM Dung said he hopes the two sides will continue supporting each other at international and regional forums, especially the United Nations.       

He hailed the results of the talks between Minister Onodera and his Vietnamese counterpart, General Phung Quang Thanh, and expressed his wish that the two ministries will further boost their cooperation through regular dialogues, meetings and delegation exchanges.    

PM Dung asked the Japanese side to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam in personnel training and support the country’s participation in international peace-keeping activities.   

Minister Onodera told his host that the two defence ministries have reached high consensus on a number of cooperation realms, including human resources training, bomb and mine clearance, and military technology.      

He proposed that the Vietnamese Government back cooperation activities between the two ministries, making bilateral defence ties deeper and more practical and effective.-VNA