Rear Admiral Pham Khac Luong, Deputy Chief of Staff of the VPN, presided over the reception of the delegation. Also in attendance were Mr. Kato Hiroki, a member of the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association, and Colonel Ishihara Masanao, Japanese Defense Attaché to Vietnam.

An overview of the reception (Photo: baohaiquanvietnam)

During the reception, Rear Admiral Pham Khac Luong congratulated Mr. Kato Hirosuke and his delegation on their visit to Vietnam and exchanged greetings with the Japanese delegation. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Japan in September 1973, the friendly and cooperative relationship between the two countries has been continuously strengthened and developed in areas such as politics, economics, culture, education, security, and defense.

The navies of the two countries regularly pay official visits to each other and meet on the sidelines of multilateral forums, maintain mechanisms for consulting with each other's staff officers and sharing information, and send ships to visit each other. Rear Admiral Pham Khac Luong emphasized that these positive results have been achieved partly thanks to the active contribution of non-governmental organizations, including the Japan-Vietnam Friendship Association of Sakai city.

Rear Admiral Pham Khac Luong (right) presents a souvenir to Mr. Kato Hirosuke. (Photo: baohaiquanvietnam)

The Deputy Chief of Staff of the VPN expressed his hope that, in the future, Mr. Kato Hirosuke would serve as a bridge to promote relationships between the two navies and strengthen exchanges between high-level delegations to enhance mutual understanding and experience sharing in areas of mutual interest.

Mr. Kato Hirosuke thanked the VPN for the warm and thoughtful reception and affirmed that, in his capacity, he would make efforts to promote the good and friendly cooperative relationship between the navies of the two countries.

Translated by Trung Thanh