Update: 19:02 | 18/10/2020
At the invitation of Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and his spouse, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and his spouse will make an official visit to Vietnam on October 18-20, 2020.
Vietnam is the first overseas destination for Japanese PM Suga after taking office in September, 2020.
The Vietnamese foreign ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang remarks that this choice “clearly demonstrates the strong and substantial development of the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan in several aspects.”
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
“We strongly believe that the visit will be a great success, actively contributing to fostering the Vietnam – Japan extensive strategic partnership and to restoring the post-Covid 19 socio-economic developments of the two countries,” Hang added.
In Vietnam, the Japanese leader is expected to hold talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, pay courtesy calls to Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
He will also address students of the Vietnam-Japan University in Hanoi and participate in other activities.
During his visit, PM Suga could make a commitment that Tokyo will take the lead in contributing to peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, and affirm Japan's full support for the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP).