Official welcome ceremony for Japanese PM in Hanoi

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(VOVWORLD) - Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc hosted an official welcome ceremony for his Japanese counterpart Suga Yoshihide at Hanoi-based Presidential Palace on October 19.
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Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide is on a State visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc from October 18-20.

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PM Phuc and his Japanese counterpart Suga Yoshihide step to the speakers’ podium before the national anthems of the two countries are played.

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The two government leaders inspect the guards of honour.

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This is Suga’s first overseas trip after he takes office a month ago to replace his predecessor Abe Shinzo who steps down due to health reasons.

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Vietnam and Japan establish diplomatic ties in 1973, and both countries lift their ties to the extensive strategic partnership in 2014.

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Both PMs hold talks after the welcome ceremony.

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The two leaders discuss a range of trade and investment promotion measures and offer mutual support for COVID-19 pandemic fight.

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During the trip, Japanese PM Suga Yoshihide is scheduled to meet with other high-ranking Vietnamese leaders including Party leader and President Nguyen Phu Trong, and National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.

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