HANOI, May 1 (Vietnam News/ANN): Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Japanese counterpart Kishida Fumio thoroughly discussed Vietnam-Japan bilateral relations and international and regional issues of common concern during their talks in Hanoi on May 1. May 1.
The two heads of government expressed their delight at the great progress of the Vietnam-Japan relationship and reached a comprehensive agreement on the main directions as well as the measures for deepening cooperation in all aspects, thus opening a new development stage in the extended strategic partnership between the two countries.
They reached consensus on the need to continue to build political trust by maintaining high-level visits and contacts and the effectiveness of cooperation and dialogue mechanisms.
Prime Minister Chinh appreciated Prime Minister Kishida’s visit, which he said reflects the importance the Japanese government attaches to relations with Vietnam. He reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of viewing Japan as an important and reliable strategic partner.
The Japanese prime minister reiterated that Japan cherishes its relationship with Vietnam and values Vietnam’s growing role and position in the region and the world.
He also affirmed that Japan will continue to work with Vietnam and support it in socio-economic development, including key infrastructure, hosting Vietnamese interns and students, and helping the Vietnamese community in Japan.
The two leaders welcomed the remarkable progress in implementing the outcomes of Prime Minister Chinh’s official visit to Japan last November, with the completion of an updated document on the progress of cooperation in eight aspects, to namely healthcare (including COVID-19 prevention and control), investment-trade, ODA-infrastructure, people-to-people exchanges, environment-climate change, legal affairs, defense-security, and culture-education.
According to the document, most of the agreements and projects reached during Prime Minister Chinh’s visit to Japan are progressing well, such as the observation satellite, the No. 1 subway line in Ho Chi Minh City, the improvement of Vietnam-Laos connectivity, initiatives on digital transformation, technology renovation and promotion of the supply chain, support for the prevention and control of Covid-19, defense-security, settlement of copyright violations and resumption of commercial flights.
They agreed to promote collaboration in post-pandemic economic recovery, especially in the areas of trade, investment, agriculture, energy and environment.
The two countries will work to quickly achieve and effectively implement a new generation ODA loan program with flexible and preferential terms as well as simplified procedures for the construction of strategic infrastructure, transport infrastructure, digital transformation, response to climate change, health care.
They will speed up procedures so that Japan can declare the opening of its Vietnamese longan market in September this year while continuing to facilitate the export of Vietnamese pomelo, avocado and rambutan to Japan.
The prime ministers also agreed to increase cooperation to help Vietnam participate more in regional and global supply chains, accelerate digital transformation and build a digital government, digital economy and digital society, and achieve its commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.
At the end of the talks, the two Prime Ministers attended the exchange of 22 cooperation documents between ministries, agencies, localities and companies of the two countries.
They co-chaired a press conference on the main results of their talks.
Prime Minister Kishida is on an official visit to Hanoi starting Saturday (April 30) and ending Sunday (May 1). – Vietnam News/ANN