Vietnam Prime Minister to visit Japan

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will pay an official visit to Japan Thursday to Sunday (December 12 to 15), the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced Monday.

The visit at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe will be Dung's sixth to Japan as prime minister since October 2006.

He will hold talks with Abe on ways to boost the two nations' strategic partnership, and meet with leading Japanese companies and leaders of Japan International Cooperation Agency and Japan Bank for International Cooperation.

He will attend the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit and the fifth annual Mekong-Japan Summit in Tokyo during his trip.

Deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Le Hai Binh said the former event is an occasion for the leaders of Japan and ASEAN countries to assess the last 40 years of cooperation, and to outline general and long-term visions for the tackling of emerging regional and global challenges, news website VnExpress reported.

He said the latter event will be held for Japan and countries in the Mekong region (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam) to discuss how to promote cooperation, according to the news site.

Vietnam and Japan established diplomatic relations in September 1973. They elevated their relations to the level of strategic partnership during the visit of former General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Nong Duc Manh to Japan in 2009.

Last January, Abe visited Vietnam at the start of a regional tour that included Thailand and Indonesia, his first overseas trip since resuming to his position late last December.

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