Vietnam stresses importance of Japanese ties Vietnam has always placed due importance on boosting its friendship and cooperation with Japan and striking a strategic partnership for increased peace and prosperity in Asia, President Nguyen Minh Triet said Monday.
He was speaking in Hanoi while receiving visiting former Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda, who is here to attend the Asian Forum of Parliamentarians on Population and Development.
The Vietnamese State and people appreciate the support of the Japanese
Government and people in the nationís processes of renewal, development and international integration, Triet said.
Regarding Japanese involvement in the collapse of Can Tho bridge and a corruption case relating to a Japanese company, Pacific Consultants International (PCI), Triet stressed that relevant agencies from both countries will work together to strictly and legally deal with the problems so that they will not affect the relationship currently existing between the two nations.
Triet said he believed that the two countriesí joint efforts in bringing the PCI-related case to light will help strengthen bilateral friendship and cooperation in the future.
Sharing Trietís view, Fukuda said that mutual trust is the foundation for the development of the two countriesí relationship.
He hoped that the joint committee formed to deal with ODA-related corruption would soon take necessary measures to prevent similar cases and that Japan would then resume its provision of ODA to Vietnam.