Two discuss strengthening strategic partnership during 7th Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo.
“Vietnam always attaches great importance to its strategic partnership with Japan, supporting Japan to make a positive contribution to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and around the world,” Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said in discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the 7th Mekong-Japan Summit held in Tokyo on July 4.
The two prime ministers exchanged opinions and reached consensus on major issues and specific measures to further deepen the relationship between Vietnam and Japan.
PM Abe expressed his desire to cooperate closely with Vietnam, to bring relations between the two countries to a more comprehensive and effective level. “The relationship is developing fruitfully in various fields within the framework of the extensive strategic partnership,” he said. “Japan pledges to support Vietnam in regard to high quality infrastructure.”
In economic cooperation, the two leaders agreed to closely coordinate to effectively implement important projects and complete the medium and long-term vision on agricultural cooperation.
PM Abe pledged to support ODA at a high level for Vietnam’s sustainable development, providing ODA loans for a second Cho Ray Hospital (the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Hospital).
For his part, PM Dung expressed his appreciation of assistance from Japan to Vietnam, especially its ODA commitment in 2015 worth $3 billion for projects in Vietnam.
The two sides also agreed to create favorable conditions to more strongly promote trade among enterprises of the two countries, foreign direct investment, and tourism investment.
The two leaders said that with effort and goodwill on both sides, bilateral negotiations between Vietnam and Japan over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have been basically completed. Some remaining technical issues will be wrapped up soon and the two sides will work with other members for the quick signing of the agreement.
The two prime ministers also expressed their concern over recent developments in the East Sea while affirming the need for closer cooperation to maintain maritime security and safety in the region. They underscored the full implementation of the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) and the early formation of a Code of Conduct (COC) and the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).