Regarding the COVID-19 prevention and control work, PM Phuc said Vietnam is continuing to implement drastic measures to curb the pandemic and has gradually put the epidemic under control. He also thanked Japan for its support and asked the Japanese Government to continue assisting the Vietnamese community in Japan.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc at the talks. Photo: VNA

For his part, PM Abe thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for providing medical masks for Japan and expressed his admiration for the country’s efforts in controlling the pandemic.

The Vietnamese PM welcomed Japan’s selection of Vietnam as one of the first countries to relax travelling restrictions, adding that Vietnam is creating favorable conditions for Japanese experts, investors and managers to come and do business in Vietnam.

Both sides should continue discussing the resumption of commercial air services in the near future, said Abe.

PM Abe spoke highly of the two countries' agreement to step-by-step resume commercial flights between the two nations while enhancing pandemic prevention and control.

He informed PM Phuc that half of the Japanese businesses receiving support from the Japanese Government to expand supply chains, have chosen Vietnam to invest in, and the Japanese Government will continue assisting firms in diversifying its supply chains.  In addition, Japan is also ready to help Vietnam fight drought and saltwater intrusion.

PM Phuc said the Vietnamese government has established a special working group on investment cooperation to support Japanese enterprises to successfully do business in the country.

He suggested PM Abe continue encouraging Japanese firms to enhance investment in Vietnam.

At the talk, both sides agreed to jointly carry out the Vietnam – Japan university project, promote regional trade and investment, including the implementation of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

They vowed to continue with mutual liaison at multilateral forums and on regional and global issues of mutual concern, as well as to promote cooperation within the Mekong – Japan framework.

The Vietnamese PM pledged to work closely with Japan to promote the universal health coverage initiative as well as Japan’s initiative to establish the ASEAN Centre for emerging diseases and public health emergencies.

Hailing Vietnam’s efforts in its role as ASEAN Chair, Abe said Japan will work closely with Vietnam to successfully hold ASEAN’s related meetings. He also looked forward to visiting Vietnam to attend the ASEAN Summit and hold discussion with PM Phuc.

Source: VNA

Translated by Song Anh