Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds phone talks with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide. (Photo:VNA)
The Japanese PM congratulated Phuc on his election as President of Viet Nam, adding that his nation will go ahead with its closer cooperation with and assistance to Viet Nam in the development process in the time to come.
In that spirit, the Japanese government has decided to offer a cold storage system for COVID-19 vaccines worth 200 million JPY (US$1.84 million) as non-refundable to the Southeast Asian nation.
Japan will also provide marine scientific research vessels for Viet Nam, and open its Consulate General in the central city of Da Nang in 2022, Suga Yoshihide said.
In response, President Phuc expressed his appreciation for PM Suga’s selection of Viet Nam for his first overseas trip since taking office last October and showed his elation at the strong and comprehensive development with the high political trust of bilateral ties.
President Phuc took this occasion to invite the Japanese Emperor and Empress to visit Viet Nam in the time ahead.
He hailed Japan’s effective and practical cooperation in Viet Nam’s socio-economic development, including its donated cold vaccine storage equipment. He also called for Japan’s collaboration and support in COVID-19 vaccines to facilitate Viet Nam’s vaccinations and assistance to the Vietnamese community in Japan.
PM Suga affirmed Japan’s readiness to assist and cooperate with Viet Nam to ensure necessary vaccines, and further support Vietnamese apprentices in his country.
The pairs consented to intensify exchanges and meetings at all levels, and improve the efficiency of cooperation mechanisms.
They will also work harder to accelerate the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), strengthen connectivity in investment and trade, and expand collaboration in agriculture and labour, and cooperation between localities, while joining hands in preparing for celebrations of the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2023.
Both sides agreed that in the context of Viet Nam serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021 and coordinator of ASEAN-Japan relations in 2018-2021, the two nations need to bolster their close cooperation at multilateral forums, especially the UN and ASEAN, and strengthen collaboration within the Mekong-Japan framework.
They also compared notes on regional and international issues of shared concern, including the East Sea-related issue.