Japanese Envoy Meets with PM over Bridge Collapse

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung recommended that Viet Nam and Japan work closely together to get to the bottom of the bridge collapse in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.

Rescuers remove huge slabs of concrete from the rubble to search missing workers in Can Tho bridge collapse (Photo: Cao Phong/SGGP)

The PM made the recommendation while receiving Deputy Foreign Minister Kimura Hitoshi, Special Envoy of the Japanese Government, in Ha Noi on Tuesday.

"The two governments should closely cooperate to satisfactorily resolve the consequences of the Can Tho bridge span collapse in accordance with Vietnamese law and international practice," PM Dung said.

The government leader also told his guest that the Vietnamese government has decided to set up a committee to pinpoint the reasons behind the accident as well as responsibilities of relevant parties.

Hitoshi apologized, on behalf of the Japanese Government, to the Vietnamese Government and people for the accident and expressed his sympathy towards victims and their families.

The envoy also said that the Government of Japan will send experts to Viet Nam to work with the committee in investigating the incident and that Japan will also establish its own investigation committee.

He went on to say that the Japanese Government did not see the incident being a hindrance to future official development assistance (ODA) funds for Viet Nam.

The span of the Japanese-funded bridge collapsed on September 26, killing 53 people, injuring 80 others and leaving one missing.

Source: VNA

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