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President Tran Dai Quang wrapped up visit to Japan
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President Tran Dai Quang holds talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Photo: VNA

During the visit, the President and his wife had an audience with the Japanese Emperor and Empress at the Imperial Palace; met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, witnessed the signing of cooperation and investment documents between Japan and Vietnam; met with the President of the House of Councillors and House of Representatives of Japan; Executive Committee of the House of Representatives; received President of the Japanese Communist Party Kazuo Shii, Chief Representative of New Komeito Party Natsuo Yamaguchi; met with Vietnamese embassy staff and representatives of overseas Vietnamese in Japan.

The State visit to Japan by President Tran Dai Quang was made on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan. At the talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe which took place in a friendly atmosphere of trust and mutual understanding the two leaders exchanged opinions on wide-ranging issues in the relations between Vietnam and Japan. The two leaders agreed on major directions and concrete measures to deepen the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan in a more comprehensive, substantive and effective manner in the coming time. The two side maintained that 2018 marks the beginning of a new stage of development in bilateral relations.

The two leaders agreed to continue strengthening political trust by maintaining high-level visits and contacts, strengthening cooperation and exchanges between the ruling parties and parliamentaries of the two countries.

The two sides hailed the strong development of economic cooperation over the past time, agreed to continue promoting economic cooperation for mutual benefit, increase Japan’s investment in Vietnam, cooperate in big and key projects, such as high-quality infrastructure, energy, human resource development, response to climate change, implementation of Vietnam's strategy on industrialization, increase bilateral trade turnover, and create conditions for seafood and fruits of Vietnam, such as litchi, and longan to enter the Japanese market.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed to continue supporting Viet Nam in its socio-economic development through official development assistance (ODA), as well as high-quality infrastructure projects. He committed to provide additional ODA worth 16 billion yen (US$ 142 million) for the project on vocational training capacity building.

President Tran Dai Quang highly appreciated the contribution of Japanese ODA to Vietnam's socio-economic development which helps improve Vietnam’s competitiveness, and agreed that the two countries should coordinate closely to make effective use of this assistance.

The two sides concurred to intensify substantial cooperation on security and defense, implement the Joint Vision Statement on Defense Cooperation between the two countries and promote cooperation in areas such as cyber security, defense equipment, military healthcare, participation in UN peacekeeping operations, overcoming war consequences through removing landmines and unexploded ordnances and assisting dioxin victims in Viet Nam, improving the capacity of law enforcement at sea and sharing marine policy.

The two leaders highly valued bilateral negotiations on the Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance on Criminal Matters and the Agreement on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of education, training of human resources, agriculture, health, environment, labor, urban construction and development, administrative reform and local cooperation.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe affirmed that Japan would support Vietnam in training senior officials, administrative reform and continue to receive Vietnamese trainees to Japan.

They affirmed that the two countries will closely coordinate activities to celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations in 2018, strengthen cultural, sports and people-to-people exchanges to deepen trust and mutual understanding between the two peoples, considering this an important foundation for sustainable development of the Vietnam-Japan relation for the coming time.

President Tran Dai Quang affirmed Vietnam's consistent policy of actively coordinating with international partners to contribute to the maintenance of peace, stability and cooperation in the region and the world.

The two sides agreed to increase coordination at international and regional fora on issues of common interest.

Both sides exchanged views on the situation of the Korean Peninsula; affirmed support for efforts for peace, stability and denuclearization on the Korean peninsula; and stressed the importance of resolving disputes through diplomatic and peaceful means.

On the issue of the East Sea, both leaders reiterated the importance of the maintenance of peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight, and settlement of disputes through peaceful means, and agreed not to use force or threaten to use force, exercise self-restraints, avoid any act that can damage trust and fully observe international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), respect for legal and diplomatic processes and the full and effective implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and early conclusion of the substantial, effective and efficient Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC).

After the talks, President Tran Dai Quang and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe witnessed the signing of four documents by ministries, branches and agencies, including: Exchange of Note on Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship worth 745 million yen (US$ 6.77 million); Exchange of Note on Grant Aid for rehabilitation of old and degraded drainage system using SPR technology in Ho Chi Minh City worth 1.96 billion yen (equivalent to 17, $ 8 million); Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in Land Management, Water Resources, Geodesy, Cartography, Geo-spatial Information, Hydro-meteorology and Remote Sensing between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Vietnam and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan; Minutes of Cooperation on Urban Construction and Development (2018-2021) between the Ministry of Construction of Vietnam and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan.

The two sides adopted the Joint Declaration of Vietnam-Japan on the occasion of the State visit to Japan by the President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

Synthesized by editor from VNA