President hosts welcome ceremony for Japanese Emperor and Empress

President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse chaired a welcome ceremony in Hanoi on Wednesday for Japanese Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko who are visiting in Vietnam until Sunday.

During a meeting held following the ceremony, President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse warmly welcomed the Emperor and Empress on their first ever State visit to Vietnam, describing the visit as a historical event in the history of Vietnam-Japan relations.

They expressed their belief that the visit will contribute to strengthening mutual trust and understanding between the two people as well as their sentiments towards each other, thus further expanding the extensive strategic partnership between Vietnam and Japan. President Tran Dai Quang thanked the warm sentiments that the Japanese Emperor and Empress, the Royal Family as well as the Japanese Government and people have given to Vietnam over the past years.

The two sides reviewed the bilateral long-standing relations. They expressed pleasure at the rapid and sound progresses in Vietnam-Japan ties during the past more than 40 years, while sharing the common hope of further bolstering the friendship and cooperation between the two countries in the future.

Emperor Akihito asserted that the historical exchange laid down an important foundation for the two sides to boost their partnership for the respective development as well as the growth of the Vietnam-Japan friendship.

At the meeting, President Tran Dai Quang and his spouse introduced the Japanese guests to the diversity and unique identity of the Vietnamese culture, which had absorbed world cultural quintessence.

They said they wish to welcome more members of the Japanese Royal Family in 2018 when the two countries celebrate the 45th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

Source: VOV5