Meeting Between Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and H.E. Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
May 21, 2010
On May 21 (Fri) at 3:30 p.m., Mr. Katsuya Okada, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Nguyen Thien Nhan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. The meeting lasted for approximately twenty minutes and took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan’s visit to Japan. An outline of the meeting is as follows.
- Minister Okada mentioned that Japan would like to continue strengthening cooperation with Viet Nam as a strategic partner in all areas including politics, economy, economic cooperation, and security. He also said that Japan would like to deepen cooperation for the development of infrastructure including nuclear power generation and the so-called “three Projects” as well as cooperation in the fields of human resource development, science, technology, culture, and tourism. Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan expressed his appreciation that Japan continues to place priority on Viet Nam through such means as the ODA loans provided during the 2009 fiscal year, which were of the highest amount in the bilateral history. He also mentioned that Japan and Viet Nam, as the countries of Asia, could contribute not only to the prosperity and stability of their own countries, but also to that of the entire Asia region through deepening cooperation between the two countries.
- Both sides exchanged their views regarding economic relations including the Japan-Viet Nam Economic Partnership Agreement (JVEPA), cultural and human exchange including university and international exchange, as well as other topics.
- In addition, Minister Okada said that he and Deputy Prime Minister Nhan were of the same age. Deputy Prime Minister Nhan said that he wished for Minister Okada’s continued health since they were born during in the year of the Water Serpent (1954). The Deputy Prime Minister Nhan also offered his congratulations for the successful launch of the rocket carrying the Venus probe, Akatsuki, which took place on May 21.
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