Japan-Viet Nam Relations

May 3, 2024
Two ministers shaking hands
(Photo) Japan-Viet Nam Foreign Ministers' Meeting

On May 3, commencing at 2:25 p.m. at local time (9:25 pm JST), for approximately 20 minutes, Ms. KAMIKAWA Yoko, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, who is attending the OECD Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM), held a meeting with H.E. Mr. Bui Thanh Son, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Socialist Repulic of Viet Nam. The overview of the meeting is as follows.

  1. At the outset, Minister Kamikawa stated that she was pleased that ties between the two countries have deepened through the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries last year, and that she will continue to work to strengthen bilateral relations.
  2. Minister Kamikawa also stated that Japan attaches importance to the OECD’s greater cooperation with ASEAN countries, which are the global growth engine. In this context, Minister Kamikawa said that she highly values Viet Nam’s contribution to the Southeast Asia Regional Programme (SEARP) as the Co-Chair of the Programme.
  3. In response, Foreign Minister Son congratulated Japan for its contribution to holding the successful MCM this year as the Chair and expressed gratitude to Japan, who led the launch of SEARP, for its long-term assistance. Minister Son also said that Vietnam will further develop cooperation with Japan, including through the OECD.

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