Vietnamese, Japanese FMs discuss bilateral ties in Tokyo

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VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh and FM Fumio Kishida on Monday discussed on a wide range of measures to further strengthen the two countries’ strategic partnership as well as preparations for Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s upcoming visit to Japan.

Both sides agreed to continue the regular exchange of high-level visits and contacts, especially on the occasion of the 45 th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2018.

The two sides vowed to continue maintaining and enhancing the effectiveness of their cooperation mechanisms and dialogues, including the bilateral cooperation committee and dialogue between the two foreign ministries.

In economic domain, the two countries agreed to work closely together to deploy mega projects like the North-South expressway and Hoa Lac high-tech zone.

Japan will continue support for Viet Nam’s economic growth through its official development assistance with a focus on high-quality infrastructure development and for reforming State-owned enterprises.

The two countries also agreed to foster cooperation in other fields like agriculture, climate change adaptation, human resource training, and labor.

Regarding regional and international issues of common concerns, the two sides agreed to strengthen coordination at such forums as the EAS, ASEAN, ASEM and UN.

They vowed to coordinate closely in seeking proper solutions to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Deputy PM, FM Minh asked the Japanese side to back Viet Nam’s bid for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021 tenure and for the post of UNESCO Director General in the tenure 2017-2021.

For the East Sea issue, both sides shared the international community’s deep concerns over the recent situation in the East Sea, underlining the importance of ensuring peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea.

Both sides called on relevant parties to avoid actions that may cause tension and militarization, accelerate resolution of disputes via peaceful measures, fully respect diplomatic and legal processes, avoid using or threatening to use force, strictly comply with international law, especially the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea as well as the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea and work toward conclusion of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

Japanese FM Kishida also affirmed Japan’s comprehensive support for Viet Nam to successfully host the APEC economic leaders’ meeting in November this year in Da Nang City./.

By Quang Minh

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