Japan-Viet Nam Relations
Japan-Viet Nam Summit Meeting
May 31, 2018
(Photograph of the leaders shaking hands)
(Photograph of the Japan-Viet Nam Summit Meeting)
On May 31, commencing at 6:15 p.m. for approximately 60 minutes, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, held a summit meeting with H.E. Mr. Tran Dai Quang, President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, who is making a state visit to Japan. The overview of the meeting is as follows. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Taro Kono, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Keiichi Ishii, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Mr. Yasutoshi Nishimura, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Kotaro Nogami, Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Kentaro Sonoura, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Mr. Seiichi Eto, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, and others. In addition, following the meeting the two leaders issued a Japan-Viet Nam joint statement (English (PDF) / Japanese (PDF)), as well as attending a signing and exchange of cooperation documents and holding a joint press conference.
(1) Prime Minister Abe sincerely welcomed President Quang’s State Visit to Japan, stated that he is glad to meet again following the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit Meeting in Da Nang in November last year, mentioned that this year marks the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, and explained that a large number of commemorative events are being held with great success, such as the visit to Viet Nam by Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress last year and this State Visit to Japan by President Quang. Prime Minister Abe expressed the view that this symbolizes the superb friendship between the two countries, and stated that he hopes to use this visit to Japan by President Quang as an opportunity to further develop the relationship between the two countries in all fields.
(2) President Quang expressed gratitude for the warm hospitality extended to him during this visit by the Government of Japan, Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress and the people of Japan. President Quang stated that he intends to exchange views on the way forward and fields of cooperation with the overflowing sense of friendship accompanying the 45th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, in order to open up a new stage of development in the bilateral relationship.