Japan-Viet Nam Relations

October 10, 2023
Foreign Minister Kamikawa shakes hand with Vietnamese Prime Minister Chinh
(Photo) Courtesy call on Prime Minister Chinh of Viet Nam by Foreign Minister Kamikawa

On October 10, commencing at 5:35 p.m. local time (7:35, p.m., October 10 JST) for approximately 80 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is visiting Hanoi, Viet Nam, paid a courtesy call on PHAM Minh Chinh, Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam. The overview is as follows.

  1. Minister Kamikawa asked Prime Minister Chinh for his cooperation in elevating bilateral relations to new heights this year, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations of two countries. She also delivered Japan's idea on the Commemorative Summit for the 50th year of ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation in December, and stated that Japan looks forward to receiving Prime Minister Chinh in Japan. Prime Minister Chinh welcomed the further development of Japan-Viet Nam relations and stated that he would like to cooperate with Japan for the success of the upcoming meeting.
  2. Minister Kamikawa stated that Viet Nam is an important partner for Japan in realizing a "Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP)" and that Japan would like to grow together with Viet Nam and promote initiatives that will lead to the vitality of the entire region. She also asked for the Vietnamese government's cooperation in the investment environment improvement in Viet Nam and in economic cooperation such as ODA. Prime Minister Chinh emphasized the importance of Japan's economic cooperation with Viet Nam and stated that he would cooperate for further economic cooperation between the two countries.
  3. Minister Kamikawa and Prime Minister Chinh exchanged views toward the development of various bilateral cooperation including the importance of human resource development and Viet Nam-Japan university, and also confirmed that the two countries will continue to work closely together on common issues for the international community such as promoting carbon neutrality.
  4. Minister Kamikawa and Prime Minister Chinh had a candid exchange of views on regional and international affairs. Regarding Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Minister Kamikawa and Minister Chinh concurred on maintaining international order based on the United Nations Charter regarding sovereignty and territorial integrity. Both sides also confirmed that they will continue to cooperate in dealing with the situations in the East and South China Seas,issues regarding North Korea, including the nuclear and missile issues as well as the abductions issue, and the situation in the Palestine and Gaza Strip.

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