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Japanese Prime Minister will pay an official visit to Vietnam

According to the statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the invitation of Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio will pay an official visit to Vietnam from April 30 to May 1, 2022.

According to Kyodo news agency, the visit to Vietnam is within the framework of Prime Minister Fumio’s plan to visit Southeast Asia and Europe during the holiday week, starting from April 28 to May 6.

Previously, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and a high-ranking Vietnamese delegation paid an official visit to Japan at the invitation of Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio from November 22-25, 2021. At that time, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh was the first foreign leader that Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio welcomed since he took office.

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Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio. (Photo: VGP/Nhat Bac)

Japan is currently Vietnam’s leading economic partner and was the first G7 country to recognize Vietnam’s market economy status in October 2011. Japan is the largest ODA donor, the third largest tourism partner, and the fourth largest trade partner of Vietnam.

In 2021, bilateral trade turnover will reach 42.7 billion USD. As of March 20, Japan had 4,828 valid FDI projects in Vietnam with a total registered investment capital of more than 64.4 billion USD, ranking third after South Korea and Singapore out of 139 countries and territories. invest in Vietnam.

The visit takes place in the context that the two countries’ relations continue to develop well and effectively in many fields. The two sides have high trust, senior leaders of the two countries maintain regular visits and contacts at international and regional forums.

In October 2021, Prime Minister Kishida Fumio became the 100th Prime Minister of Japan, continuing to implement the foreign policy of predecessor Prime Ministers Abe Shinzo and Suga Yoshihide; promoting 3 pillars of diplomacy, security and defense; coordinate with allied countries and comrades to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific; solve global problems, lead the international community.

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has close ties with Vietnam, especially when he was still serving as Foreign Minister of Japan and Secretary General of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentary Union. He has visited Vietnam three times and is an active contributor to the two countries’ upgrading their relations to an Extensive Strategic Partnership in 2014.

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