Japan highly values Viet Nam’s rising role and position in the region and the world, attaching great importance to the relationship with the Southeast Asian country, affirmed PM Abe.
He said he will ask Japanese businesses, research institutes and schools to boost cooperation with Viet Nam in a bid to further deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries.
PM Abe also affirmed his support for Viet Nam to successfully host the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Da Nang City this November.
Meanwhile, PM Phuc reiterated Viet Nam consistently regards Japan as a top and long-term partner, underlining the special importance of strategic economic ties with the Northeast Asian country.
The two PMs agreed to enhance political trust, maintain regular exchange of high-level visits and contacts while improving the effectiveness of their dialogue mechanisms.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in security and defense, UN-led peace-keeping operations, and overcoming war consequences.
Both sides agreed to accelerate economic connectivity through expanding cooperation in trade, investment, high-tech agriculture, and labor. The Japanese side pledged to assist Viet Nam in deploying industry policies, reforming State-owned enterprises and State apparatus.
The two leaders also exchanged views on regional and international issues of common concerns as well as coordination at multilateral forums like ASEAN, APEC, ASEM, and the UN.
Regarding East Sea issue, both sides agreed on the importance of ensuring peace, security safety and freedom of navigation and overflight.
Relevant parties must avoid unilateral actions, including militarization that aim at changing the status quo, complicating and expanding disputes in the East Sea.
They must beef up settlement of disputes through peaceful measures with full respect for diplomatic and legal processes and compliance with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea and early formation of a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
Following their talks, the two PMs witnessed the signing ceremony of 14 cooperation deals./.