|Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc meets with Japanese Emperor Naruhito in Tokyo on September 28, 2022 (Photo: AFP)
President Phuc highlighted the vigorous, comprehensive, and substantive development of the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership in all fields, increased people-to-people exchanges, and mutual assistance in trying times, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Phuc appreciated support from Japan, which was the first country to donate COVID-19 vaccine and medical supplies to Vietnam to help with pandemic response.
He also extended an invitation from Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and himself to the Japanese Emperor and Empress to visit Vietnam on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2023. He held that the visit will hold significant importance to the two countries’ relations.
Expressing his delight at the thriving relations, Emperor Naruhito affirmed that he attaches great importance to the Vietnam - Japan friendship and will do his utmost to contribute to bilateral ties.
The same day, President Phuc and his entourage visited Abe Akie in her residence. He said the late PM was one of the international leaders most loved and respected by the Vietnamese people.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the high-ranking Vietnamese delegation landed in Hanoi on Wednesday afternoon, concluding their trip to Japan to attend the State funeral for former Prime Minister Abe Shinzo.