Japan-Viet Nam Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
On March 18, commencing at 1:15 p.m. for approximately 15 minutes, Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Fumio Kishida held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, who was visiting Japan with H.E. Mr. Truong Tan Sang, President of Viet Nam, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The overview of the meeting is as follows.
1. Minister Kishida welcomed that the bilateral cooperation in various fields has been dramatically strengthened last year, which marked the Japan-Viet Nam Friendship Year (the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Japan and Viet Nam), by mutual high level visits including those of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Viet Nam. He also stated his hope that President Sang’s visit to Japan would help further develop the Japan-Viet Nam relationship.
2. Deputy Prime Minister Minh stated that he would like to elevate the Strategic Partnership between Japan and Viet Nam to a higher level and strengthen cooperation in multilateral fora, by taking advantage of President Sang’s visit to Japan.
3. Minister Kishida and Deputy Prime Minister Minh also exchanged views on various topics including regional affairs.