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Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrives in Vietnam for official visit

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrives in Vietnam for official visit

Monday, October 19, 2020, 09:42 GMT+7
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga arrives in Vietnam for official visit
Mai Tien Dung (R), Minister-Chairman of the Vietnam Government Office, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga touched down in Hanoi with his spouse on Sunday to begin his official visit to Vietnam.

This is Suga’s first overseas trip as prime minister after he took over from Shinzo Abe, who resigned in September because of ill health.

Suga’s entourage includes First Lady Mariko Suga, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Manabu Sakai, Senior Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeo Mori, National Security Secretariat Secretary Shigeru Kitamura, Special Advisors Hiroto Izumi and Isao Iijima, and five other secretaries.  

Suga’s choice of Vietnam as his first overseas destination is indicative of his appreaciation for Vietnam-Japan relations as well as Hanoi’s role in Tokyo’s foreign policy, according to analysts.

In 2012, Prime Minister Abe also chose to visit Vietnam first after being re-elected.

Vietnam applauded Prime Minister Suga’s official visit, Le Thi Thu Hang, spokesperson of the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told a press briefing in Hanoi on October 15.

“This [visit] shows the healthy, strong, and pratical development of the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan in many spheres,” Hang remarked.

“We believe that the visit will take place smoothly and spur the growth of the extensive strategic partnership, while contributing to the socio-economic recovery in both countries post-COVID-19.”

Prime Minister Suga is slated to join a meeting with his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Xuan Phuc, meet with other Vietnamese leaders, and take part in some sideline activities on Monday.

His official visit will end on Tuesday.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his spouse arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his spouse arrive at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A Vietnamese woman gives flowers to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A Vietnamese woman gives flowers to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese officials welcome Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his spouse at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vietnamese officials welcome Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his spouse at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vu Hong Nam (R), Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his spouse at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Vu Hong Nam (R), Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan, shakes hands with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his spouse at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi, Vietnam, October 18, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

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