Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc (right) presents a
farewell gift to outgoing Japanese Ambassador to Việt Nam Umeda Kunio. VNA/VNS
Noting the sound development of bilateral relations
despite the complex developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, the PM said Việt
Nam wished to share information and experience and stands ready to work with
Japan in the fight against the disease.
He said that at his meetings with Vietnamese ambassadors, he often referred
to Umeda as an exemplary ambassador, adding that during the diplomat’s term,
the Việt Nam-Japan partnership has been promoted via all channels, including
between their parties, states, localities, organisations and peoples.
The PM said Japan was a leading partner of Việt Nam in terms of investment,
trade and official development assistance provision. He also highly valued
Umeda’s patience to tackle problems in bilateral economic co-operation.
PM Phúc added he had visited Japan many times during this tenure, and this
is among the fine outcomes in connections between the two countries which he
partly attributed to the diplomat’s contributions.
Umeda thanked the Vietnamese Government, especially PM Phúc, for helping him
fulfil his duties.
He voiced his delight that the countries’ relations have been enhanced in
multiple spheres recently, including economy, trade, investment, security,
defence and people-to-people exchange.
He noted Japanese PM Shinzo Abe always attaches importance to bilateral
Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the ambassador expressed his admiration for
the Vietnamese Government and PM Phúc’s drastic actions in disease
prevention and control, adding that his country is also working hard to
fight the pandemic.
Umeda also thanked the Vietnamese PM for sending a letter to his Japanese
counterpart to express sympathies over losses caused by this epidemic.
At the meeting, PM Phúc appreciated the ambassador’s raising of many
practical ideas to strengthen the countries’ partnership, adding that aside
from the two Governments’ ties, relations between him and PM Abe Shinzo are
very good, too.
This is a basis for the two nations to exchange views on bilateral
co-operation, as well as regional and international matters, in a
trustworthy, straightforward and constructive manner, he said, speaking
highly of PM Abe’s strong support for ASEAN and Việt Nam’s viewpoint on the
East Sea issue.
Given the negative impact of COVID-19, the leader called on the Government
and businesses of Japan to continue bolstering trade and investment links.