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Vietnam PM meets with former Japanese PM Suga in Hanoi

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh met former Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide at the Government Office today, January 9.

PM Chinh expressed his pleasure at welcoming former Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide in 2023 when Vietnam and Japan are celebrating the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic relations.

He suggested that both sides continue to strengthen strategic relationships, reinforce defense-security cooperation and promote economic connectivity in all fields, especially trade, investment, supply chain diversification, innovation and digital transformation.

Chinh proposed Suga support the implementation of cooperative agreements between the two countries, including deals related to official development assistance (ODA) loans, strategic infrastructure, green economy, climate change adaptation and trade.

PM Chinh called for more investment from Japanese businesses and organizations, especially in the high-tech sector, green and circular economy, energy conversion and human resource training.

He also sought support from Suga in solving outstanding issues at the Nghi Son Oil Refinery.

Additionally, he highly appreciated that Japan had created favorable conditions for nearly 500,000 Vietnamese to live, study and work in Japan.

Meanwhile, Suga expressed his delight at the comprehensive development of the bilateral strategic partnership and appreciated the Vietnamese PM’s sentiment towards Japan as well as his contributions to fostering bilateral ties.

The former PM of Japan affirmed that Vietnam is a key partner of the country in the Indo-Pacific strategy.

At the meeting, the two sides laid out issues of mutual concern, discussed prospects for cooperation in those issues, as well as emphasized the importance of legal compliance and multilateralism in international relations.

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