Vietnam seeks stronger cooperation with Japan to address war consequences
A delegation of the Defence Ministry, headed by Deputy
Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh, is visiting Japan from October 15 to 18 in a
bid to boost cooperation in war aftermath alleviation in Vietnam.
Deputy Defence Minister Nguyen Chi Vinh (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – A delegation of the Defence Ministry, headed by Deputy Defence
Chi Vinh, is visiting Japan from October 15 to 18 in a bid to boost
cooperation in war aftermath alleviation in Vietnam.
As part of the trip, the delegation met with leaders of
Ministry of Defence, Foreign Ministry, National Police Agency’s Security
Bureau, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and a number of
related Japanese enterprises.
At these working sessions, the sides discussed their
joint work in easing war consequences in the past time and ways to increase the
collaboration in the coming time.
Deputy Minister Vinh took the occasion to thank relevant
Japanese agencies and organisations for supporting Vietnam in carrying out
projects on bomb and mine clearance and dioxin detoxification. He highlighted
Japan’s provision of official development assistance to the newly established
National Action Centre for Toxic Chemicals and Environmental Treatment (NACCET),
in the form of machinery and equipment serving the survey and assessment of
chemical pollution level.
Vinh, who is also head of the National Steering
Committee on the Settlement of Post-War Unexploded Ordnance and Toxic Chemical
Consequences (Steering Committee 701), said such cooperation builds trust and
consolidates Vietnam – Japan extensive strategic partnership.
He asked Japanese public agencies and organisations to
continue working together with their Vietnamese counterparts, particularly the
Steering Committee 701, in implementing projects addressing the problems of
unexploded ordnance left by war and toxic chemical, while studying the
possibility of a long-term cooperation plan.
Joint work in communications campaign to raise local and
international awareness of the two countries’ collaboration efforts in the field
is also necessary, he added.
During the visit, the delegation held a consultation
with the Japanese Defence Ministry on matters related to Vietnam’s Chair of
ASEAN next year. The Vietnamese side asked Japan to join and support Vietnam’s
initiatives, and coordinate with the Vietnamese Defence Ministry for the
successful organization of relevant conferences and activities./.