The Viet Nam-Japan Cooperation Committee convened its second meeting in Ha Noi on July 25 to seek ways to further boost the cooperative relations.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem and Japanese Foreign Minister Komura Masahiko co-chaired the meeting, spotlighting the two countries’ cooperation as they are celebrating the 35 th anniversary of diplomatic ties (Sept. 21).
The two sides said they intended to sign the Vietnam-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement in the near future to lay the foundation for building a strategic partnership between the two nations.
They reviewed recent achievements recorded in bilateral friendly and cooperative ties and mapped out directions for the coming time.
Deputy PM Khiem thanked the Government and people of Japan for the increase in official development assistance (ODA) capital this year.
The deputy PM urged Japan to work more closely with Vietnam in major infrastructure projects, including the North-South expressway and hi-speed railway, the Hoa Lac Hi-tech Zone and urban traffic development in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.
The officials exchanged views on a wide range of issues related to energy, natural resources and climate change, as well as cooperation in culture, education, tourism, labour, the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) and the East-West Corridor.
Vietnam praised Japan ’s initiative to invite 2,000 Vietnamese young people to visit and study in the country. Japan applauded Vietnam’s plan to train talented citizens and pledged to join with Vietnam to carry out the project.
Also on July 25, Deputy PM and FM Pham Gia Khiem held talks with FM Komura Masahiko, focusing on bilateral ties, international issues of mutual concern, and cooperation and exchanges between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Vietnam and Japan.