Japanese coast guard delegation visits Vietnam

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Vice Admiral Kiyoshi Saishoji (L) are talking to Major General Nguyen Van Tuong in the Japan Coast Guard's visit to Vietnam from February 27 to March 1, 2013.

A Japan Coast Guard delegation  visited Thursday the Marine Police Zone 3, a unit of Vietnam's Marine Police Department based in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, as part of its three-day visit to Vietnam.

During the delgation's visit to Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Ho Chi Minh City, the Japanese delegation also met with Major General Nguyen Van Tuong, the political commissar of Vietnam's Marine Police Department, according to a Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) report on Thursday.

Vice Admiral Kiyoshi Saishoji, Deputy Director General of the Japan Coast Guard's Guard and Rescue Department, said Vietnam and Japan must enhance their long-established ties through activities including patrolling, law enforcement, combating piracy and search and rescue sea missions.

Vietnam's Marine Police Department and the Japanese Coast Guard are among 18 signatories to the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP), the first regional inter-government agreement to be established since 2006, which aims to promote international cooperation in the fight against piracy and armed robbery throughout Asia. 

The Japanese delegation's three-day stay in Vietnam wrapped up Friday.

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