Japan to strengthen defence ties with Vietnam

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Nguyen Phu Trong (R), General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, greets Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani Nguyen Phu Trong (R), General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, greets Japan’s Defense Minister Gen Nakatani

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Japan wishes to strengthen comprehensive ties with Vietnam, particularly in defense, its defense chief said during a meeting with the Vietnamese communist party leader in Hanoi today.
Japan’s Defense Ministry will work closely with its Vietnamese counterpart to realize bilateral agreements, Minister Gen Nakatani told General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
Nakatani, who arrived in Vietnam on Thursday, met Vietnam’s Defense Minister Phung Quang Thanh earlier today.
 Japan's Defence Minister Gen Nakatani (R) and his Vietnamese counterpart General Phung Quang Thanh (2nd L) talk at the Ministry of Defence in Hanoi, Vietnam November 6, 2015.
Photo: Reuters
During the meeting, Vietnam agreed to invite a Japanese warship to visit Cam Ranh Bay, a strategic naval base in the East Sea, Kyodo News reported.
The two countries also agreed to hold their first ever joint naval exercise, the news agency said.
General Secretary Trong hailed the outcomes of the two ministers’ talks, saying he believed that the visit would strengthen defence cooperation between Vietnam and Japan.
He suggested the two countries continue close coordination to optimize the existing cooperation mechanisms and realize bilateral defence agreements.

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