During his online talks with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, Phuc rejoiced at the strong, comprehensive development of the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership with high political trust.

He praised Suga’s contributions to the bilateral ties, as well as his good sentiments towards the land and people of Vietnam, saying the Japanese PM had selected Vietnam for his first overseas trip after taking office last October.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc holds online talks with Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on September 15 (Photo: VNA)

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc thanked the Japanese government and people for their support to Vietnam in the pandemic fight, with the latest donation batch of 400,000 vaccine doses announced recently, raising Japan’s total vaccine donations to Vietnam to 3.58 million doses.

He also used the occasion to thank Japan for assisting nearly 450,000 Vietnamese in the host country, and called for more Japanese support in the pandemic combat.

Sharing difficulties to Japanese firms, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said Vietnam will continue to accompany them, remove obstacles to their production and business, and maintain supply chains.

He congratulated Japan on its successful organisation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, which have become a symbol of solidarity amid COVID-19.

For his part, Suga highlighted President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s attention to the Vietnam-Japan friendship over the past time, and recalled the Vietnamese leader’s warm reception during his trip last year.

Japan will further assist Vietnam in the pandemic fight, he affirmed, expressing his thanks to the Vietnamese side for vaccinating Japanese citizens in the country, and its support to Japanese enterprises.

Suga also praised the Vietnamese sport delegation’s participation in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, contributing to the success of the events./.

CPV (Source: VNA)