Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Sunday welcomed Secretary-General of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Nikai Toshihiro and over 1,000 Japanese delegates who were visiting the Southeast Asian country for economic, cultural, and tourism exchange.
The welcome ceremony for Nikai, who also chairs the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Alliance, and his delegation was organized in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam.
During the event, PM Phuc stated that the diverse exchange and cooperation activities that have been held between both sides reflect the vigorous growth of the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) shakes hands with Japanese delegates in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, on January 12, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre
Bilateral relations have enjoyed breakthrough, comprehensive, and profound development, with Vietnam considering Japan a trustworthy and important partner, the premier continued.
Phuc expressed his appreciation toward Secretary-General Nikai and other Japanese parliamentarians for their significant contributions to the Vietnam-Japan ties.
He called for more parliamentarian exchanges and cooperation between localities so as to reinforce the friendship and mutual understanding between the two peoples, especially among the young generation.
|Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc welcomes Secretary-General of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party of Japan Nikai Toshihiro in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, on January 12, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre
Replying to his host, Nikai said the Japanese delegation to Vietnam this time was the largest ever, consisting of over 1,000 parliamentarians, officials of ministries and sectors, leaders of localities and businesses, and citizens.
This demonstrates Japan’s high consensus in the enhancement of the friendship with Vietnam, he said.
|Delegates take a photo at a ceremony in Hoi An City, located in the central province of Quang Nam, on January 12, 2020. Photo: B.D. / Tuoi Tre
Both sides agreed to strengthen ties at multilateral forums, especially when Vietnam is serving as the coordinator of the ASEAN-Japan relations for 2018-21, ASEAN Chair in 2020, and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-21.
On the evening of the same day, PM Phuc and Secretary-General Nikai attended a cultural exchange event in the central city of Da Nang.