Vietnam, Japan should beef up cooperation for maritime peace: official

Tuoi Tre News

Updated : 09/18/2015 16:39 GMT + 7

A Vietnamese fishing boat is seen sailing in the East Vietnam Sea in this file photo.

As maritime nations, Vietnam and Japan need to enhance cooperation to maintain peace and stability at sea, Speaker of the Japanese House of Representatives Tadamori Oshima told Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong in Tokyo on Thursday.

The leader of the Communist Party of Vietnam arrived in Japan on Tuesday for a four-day visit, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Countries involved in disputes should strictly comply with international law and settle their issues through dialogue and peaceful measures, Speaker Oshima said.

He added that all countries should respect each other and work together on an equality basis for mutual development.

The host highlighted the political trust and whole-hearted amity between the two countries, and said that the relationship between Vietnam and Japan is now in its prime.

He expressed his support for Vietnam’s efforts and practical contributions to peace, cooperation, and development in the Asia-Pacific region.

The speaker also congratulated Vietnam on the successful hosting of the 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in March this year.

General Secretary Trong thanked the host for his sentiment toward Vietnam’s people and National Assembly and voiced his belief that Speaker Oshima will significantly contribute to the growth of the extensive strategic partnership between Hanoi and Tokyo.

The Vietnamese leader also highly valued the cooperation between Vietnam’s National Assembly and Japan’s House of Representatives, as well as between the two countries’ legislative committees and parliamentarians.

He hailed the Japanese lower house’s role in promoting bilateral relations, particularly in endorsing the Japanese government’s provision of official development assistance for Vietnam.

The host and guest agreed to facilitate exchanges between the Vietnamese and Japanese governments, parliaments, and peoples for deeper mutual understanding, trust, friendship, and cooperation for their mutual interests and for the sake of regional and global peace and prosperity.