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PMs of Vietnam, Japan Meet on Sidelines of 43rd ASEAN Summit

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and his Japanese counterpart Kishida Fumio discussed bilateral relations at their meeting on the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Jakarta, Indonesia, on September 6.

Congratulating Japan on its successful hosting of the expanded G7 Summit last May, PM Chinh said he has ordered relevant agencies of Vietnam to work closely with the Japanese side to carry out high-level commitments and agreements, including the outcomes of his previous talks with PM Kishida.

The Japanese leader highly valued Vietnam’s participation in and contributions to the expanded G7 Summit, noting that his country is actively coordinating with Vietnam to prepare for upcoming high-level mutual visits as the two countries are celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2023.

PM Kishida voiced his hope that the two sides will work closely together to bring the Vietnam – Japan relations to a new height.

At the meeting, PM Chinh hailed the extremely positive and practical strides in all fields of bilateral cooperation. He also spoke highly of the Japanese Government’s policies to recover and develop the economy after the COVID-19 pandemic, especially expanding official development assistance (ODA) cooperation, the semiconductor and digital industries, and the reception of foreign workers.

Vietnam will cooperate closely with Japan to help carry out those policies for the interests of both countries, he affirmed.

To further intensifying bilateral economic and trade links, he called for Japan’s coordination to fruitfully implement economic and ODA cooperation projects, and assistance for Vietnam to develop the North – South high-speed railway as well as urban railways in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

The Vietnamese PM also thanked and suggested the Japanese Government continue providing favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community to live, study, and work in the Northeast Asian nation and contribute more to local socio-economic development.

Source: Vietnam Plus

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