Vietnamese, Japanese defence ministers hold talks
Updated : Wednesday, April 11, 2018 10:17 AM (GMT+0700)

VietnameseDefence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and his Japanese counterpart Onodera Itsunorireiterated the importance of building a stable, free and open order in linewith law in the Indo-Pacific region during their talks in Tokyo on April 10. 

Defence Minister Ngo Xuan Lich and his Japanese counterpart Onodera Itsunori inspect
guards of honour - Source: VNA

Itsunori noted that Japanwants to strengthen partnership with Vietnam in an effort based on the Free andOpen Indo-Pacific Strategy. 

Minister Lich, for his part,expressed his belief that the visit will make positive contributions toenhancing the friendship and mutual understanding between the Vietnamese andJapanese people and armies, for the sake of peace and stability in the twocountries as well as in the region and the world. 

He said the maintenance ofpeace and stability, maritime and overflight freedom in line with law in theregion is of significance. 

On territorial disputes atsea, including the East Sea issue, both sides stressed that parties concernedneed to exercise self-restraint, fully respect diplomatic and legal processesand peacefully settle disputes in line with international law, especially the1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) while seriously abiding bythe Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea towards formulatingan effective Code of Conduct in the East Sea. 

They expressed support fordenuclearisation by peaceful means, constructive and practical actions to fullyimplement resolutions by the United Nations Security Council, contributing tomaintaining peace, security and stability in the region and the world. 

The two ministers spokehighly of thriving Vietnam – Japan ties in diverse areas, especially betweenthe armies. They agreed to step up cooperation under signed agreements andenhance exchanges between the army services, joint work in search and rescue,the United Nations peacekeeping mission, response to disasters and cybersecurity. They consented to hold the sixth deputy ministerial-level strategicdialogue in Japan. 

The Vietnamese ministersuggested promoting army medical cooperation, including scientific training andresearch, search and rescue, humanitarian assistance and maritimesecurity. 

Vietnam is willing towelcome Japan’s self-defence vessels, he said. 

Lich also lauded Japan’srole in multilateral mechanisms and proposing initiatives to maintain peace andstability in the region, including the Vientiane Vision. 

He added that as Vietnamwill take the role of rotating Chair of ASEAN in 2020, when the 10thanniversary of the ASEAN DefenceMinisters’ Meeting mechanism is marked, he wished that Japan would support hiscountry in assuming the role and hosting national defence conferences andactivities on the occasion. 

At the talks, host and guestsigned a Joint Vision Statement on Vietnam – Japan Defence Relationship towardsthe next decade. 

While in Japan, Lich metSpecial Advisor to the Japanese PM Koya Nishikawa and received GeneralSecretary of the Japan – Vietnam Friendship Society of Sakai city Kato Hitoshi,Director of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation Yohei Sasakawa and former Chief CabinetSecretary Yoshito Sengoku. He also visited Vietnamese Embassy in Japan. 

On the occasion, theMilitary Hospital 108 and Military Hospital 103 signed a cooperation agreementwith the Juntendo University of Japan.


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