Update: 09:31 | 30/05/2018
The visit marks a significant milestone in 45 years of diplomatic relations between two countries.
Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang. Photo by Vietnam News Agency.
Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang and his wife left Hanoi for Japan on Tuesday to pay an official state visit until June 2, Vietnam’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
The five-day visit would contribute to promoting the development of mutual understanding and fruitful relations between Vietnam and Japan and deepening the extensive strategic partnership established since 2014, it said.
The president is scheduled to begin his trip with an official welcoming ceremony hosted by Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko, followed by a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe and a celebration to mark the 45th anniversary of the countries' diplomatic relations.
Cooperation between Vietnam and Japan have flourished in recent years. Both countries' leaders maintained mutual high-ranking visits and agreed to work closely at international and regional forums.
President Tran Dai Quang greeted at the Haneda International Airport (Photo: VNA).
Japan is Vietnam's largest source of official development assistance (ODA), as well as its
Vietnam and Japan are both members of the CPTPP, an Asia-Pacific trade agreement which was signed last March. Members of the trans-Pacific deal, including Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru and Singapore, believe that it will send a strong signal to the world on the importance of open markets, economic integration and international cooperation.