Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung, empowered by State President Nguyen Phu Trong, on October 19 presented a Friendship Order of the Vietnamese State to Iijima Isao, Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister, in honor of his contributions to Vietnam - Japan ties.

Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung (right) presents Friendship Order to Special Advisor to the Japanese Prime Minister Iijima Isao.

Speaking at the ceremony, Trung said that Isao has actively promoted bilateral ties in various areas over recent years, from politics and diplomacy to business-to-business and locality-to-locality exchanges and culture.

He expressed his belief that Isao will make further contributions to the effective and substantial development of the Japan - Vietnam extensive strategic partnership.

Isao expressed thanks for receiving the noble distinction from the Vietnamese State.

He highlighted the significance of two Japanese PMs having selected Vietnam as the destination of their first overseas trips, expressing the Japanese Government’s appreciation of Vietnam and the bilateral relationship.

The official vowed to continue proposing specific policies and measures to the Japanese Government to bolster the bilateral friendship in the future.

Source: VNA