Diverse cultural and social activities to mark the 35th anniversary of Vietnam-Japan diplomatic ties this year will contribute to promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the two nations, President Nguyen Minh Triet said.
The State leader made the remarks during a reception for the President of the Japan-Viet Nam Parliamentarians’ Friendship Union, Takebe Tsutomu, and Viet Nam-Japan Special Friendship Ambassador Sugi Ryotaro in Hanoi on May 22.
President Triet welcomed Tsutomo and ambassador Ryotaro, who is also Japan-Vietnam Good-will Ambassador, to Viet Nam, saying he was pleased by the fine development of the two countries’ relations and unceasing development of bilateral politic, economic, social, educational, scientific and technical cooperation.
Japanese investors have been increasingly interested in projects in Viet Nam, particularly the three major projects on construction of north-south road and express railway and the Hoa Lac hi-tech industrial zone and urban railway projects in Ha Noi and HCM City, the leader said.
He also emphasised the great significance of the Japan-Viet Nam Music Festival. The event would not only be a significant cultural event, but also help improve mutual understanding and friendship between the two people, he added.
The two Japanese guests, who will attend the Japan-Viet Nam Music Festival in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City from May 24-26, said the music festival will be one of highlight celebration events of the 35th anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties.
They said that in September, Japan will also hold a large Viet Nam festival in Tokyo with about 300,000 participants, the largest friendship exchange activity between the two countries so far.
Tsutomo said he believed the two sides’ cooperation would develop positively, particularly through the major north-south road and railway projects, a hi-tech zone and urban railway systems for Ha Noi and HCM City, as well as the prospect of a bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA).