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Vietnam affirms priority to cooperate with Japan, Laos
Publication Date : 18-08-2012
Vietnam regarded maintaining friendly relations and cooperation with Japan as one of the country's priority foreign policies, said President Truong Tan Sang.
At a reception to welcome Japan's Prince Akishino to Hanoi yesterday, Sang said that he was delighted at the rapid and strong development of ties between both countries, especially after their leaders agreed to lift relations to a strategic partnership in 2009.
He congratulated Japan on its achievements in national construction and development, especially in the wake of the disasters it endured last year.
Sang said he believed that Japan would continue to prosper and play an important role in the region and the world at large.
The Vietnamese leader informed his guest that a steering committee had been set up to coordinate activities for the Vietnam-Japan Friendship Year in 2013 and added that he hoped Japan would help Vietnam to organise activities to mark the event.
Akishino thanked the Vietnamese people for their support last year as the country dealt with the consequences of a massive earthquake and tsunami.
He also said that he hoped Vietnam would support his delegation's aims to protect the country's environment and maintain bio-diversity.
The links between Vietnamese and Lao public security forces had made practical contributions to the integration and development of the two countries, Sang said yesterday when receiving Lao Minister of Public Security Thongbanh Sengaphone in Hanoi.
The President said that the visit would strengthen the close friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States and the two public security forces.
Sang said that the forces should join hands in building plans for mutual assistance in safeguarding security and maintaining social order.
Minister Sengaphone, who is also Secretary of the Lao People's Revolutionary Party Central Committee, said his ministry would continue working more closely with Vietnam.
Earlier, the Lao minister attended a meeting to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Vietnam-Laos diplomatic ties, 35 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Friendship and Cooperation Treaty and the 67th founding anniversary of the Vietnamese People's Public Security.
Sengaphone thanked Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security for helping train more than 1,000 security officials and providing technical equipment to Laos.