Japan sees Vietnam as important partner

(VOV) – Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kashida has emphasised the importance of his country’s partnership with Vietnam during a Hanoi reception for Vietnam-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group President To Huy Rua on August 2.

The Japanese diplomat said Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s choice of Vietnam as his first overseas destination upon taking office demonstrates Japan’s special regard for the Southeast Asian nation.

Kishida described this year’s 40th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties as a significant landmark for the strategic partnership. His visit, in addition to affirming Japan’s desire to expand the relationship, also celebrates the 2013 Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kashida (L)and Vietnam-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group President To Huy Rua.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kashida (L)and Vietnam-Japan Parliamentary Friendship Group President To Huy Rua.

Rua said the Vietnamese Government, National Assembly, and people are eager to promote their fi relationship with their Japanese partners.

Meeting with Japanese Communist Party (JCP) President Kazuo Shii on the same day, Rua congratulated the party on its victories in the latest July Upper House elections and thanked its leader for facilitating theoretical exchanges between the two parties.

Kazuo Shii credited cooperative success with reinforcing the two nations’ friendship and voiced confidence Vietnam’s Doi Moi (Renewal) process will extend its past achievements well into the future.

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