Welcoming Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and the Vietnamese delegation at the airport were Japanese Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs Yamada Kenji, Governor of Hiroshima prefecture Hidehiko Yuzaki, and Vietnamese Ambassador to Japan Pham Quang Hieu, among others.

According to the working agenda of the expanded G7 Summit, the Vietnamese leader will attend three discussion sessions on the topics of handling multiple crises, joint efforts for a sustainable planet, and towards a peaceful, stable and prosperous world.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (left) welcomed at Hiroshima Airport

He is scheduled to participate in activities related to the G7 Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) initiative, and have bilateral meetings with leaders of countries and international organizations.

At the discussion sessions, and multilateral and bilateral activities, the Prime Minister is expected to contribute to the international community in association with Vietnam's interests on many issues, especially those related to security - development, sustainable development, health cooperation, climate change response, the environment, and energy.

Through those activities Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will convey the message of Vietnam's dynamic development, innovation, extensive and effective international integration, proactive and responsible contribution to the common affairs of the international community, while protecting and promoting the legitimate interests of the country.    

During the working visit to Japan, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh will hold talks with his Japanese counterpart Kishida Fumio to discuss bilateral cooperation, as well as regional and international issues of mutual concern.

He is set to attend and deliver a speech at a seminar with leaders of large Japanese enterprises; receive representatives of economic organizations, corporations and big enterprises of Japan; and meet with representatives of the Vietnamese community and intellectuals in Japan.  

The invitation of Vietnam to attend the expanded G7 Summit by Japan, which is holding the rotating Presidency of the G7, demonstrates the importance that the G7 in general and Japan in particular attaches to the country’s increasing role in the region.

Vietnam is among the eight countries that have been invited by Japan to the event. Notably, Vietnam is one of the two Southeast Asian guest nations, apart from Indonesia, which holds the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2023.

This is the third time Vietnamese leaders have attended the summit, following their attendance in 2016 in Japan and in 2018 in Canada, and the second time Vietnam has been invited as a single nation, not in its capacity as a representative of an organization or a group of countries in the region.

As Vietnam and Japan are celebrating the 50th founding anniversary of the diplomatic ties in 2023, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh's trip to Japan is expected to further strengthen mutual trust and drive bilateral relations forward, particularly cooperation in focal areas such as economy, trade, new-generation ODA, high quality infrastructure, green transformation and energy transition, as well as promote coordination in regional and international issues of shared concern.

Source: VNA