VietNam – Abe has visited Vietnam four times

Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considered a “great friend” who has a lot of affection for Vietnam and devoted himself to efforts to promote Vietnam-Japan relations.

His first visit took place in 2006, when he attended the APEC summit in Hanoi. Abe, then 52, had been in office for two months and was Japan’s youngest prime minister in the post-war era.

Prime Minister Abe (R) and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung inspect the honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace, Hanoi, November 19, 2006.

Prime Minister Abe (third from left, leading) with world leaders wearing traditional Vietnamese attire at the APEC summit in Hanoi on November 19, 2006.

Tháng 1/2013, chỉ hai tháng sau khi nhậm chức nhiệm kỳ hai, Thủ tướng Abe cùng phu nhân Akie thăm chính thức Việt Nam. Đây là điểm dừng chân đầu tiên của ông trong chuyến công du ba nước Đông Nam Á, gồm Việt Nam, Thái Lan và Indonesia.

Trong ảnh là Thủ tướng Abe và phu nhân Akie rời chuyên cơ tại sân bay Nội Bài ngày 16/1/2013.

Prime Minister Abe (right) and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung at the Presidential Palace on January 16, 2013.

His visit to Vietnam in 2013 marked Abe’s first foreign trip when he was re-elected in late 2012.

The Japanese prime minister and his delegation accompanied him to Hanoi for a two-day official visit, starting on January 16, 2017. He became the first senior foreign leader to visit Vietnam that year.

During his visit, Prime Minister Abe pledged to continue supporting Vietnam’s socio-economic development through ODA as well as promoting cooperation in high-quality infrastructure projects, providing additional ODA loans in fiscal year 2016 to Vietnam worth about 123 billion yen ($1.05 billion).

Prime Minister Abe (L) holds talks with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong at the office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam on January 16, 2017.

The General Secretary affirmed that the visits of Japanese leaders to Vietnam are milestones that deepen bilateral relations as well as friendship between the Vietnamese and Japanese peoples.

Prime Minister Abe and Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc witness the signing ceremony of documents between the two countries on January 16, 2017.

In November 2017, Abe visited Vietnam for the second time this year to attend the APEC summit in Da Nang. Pictured is Prime Minister Abe (far right, front row) posing with leaders attending the APEC summit on November 11, 2017.

Prime Minister Abe (L) shakes hands with President Tran Dai Quang at the APEC summit in Da Nang November 11, 2017.

Former Vietnamese ambassador to Japan Nguyen Quoc Cuong said Abe always sees Vietnam as a country with an important role in the region and in the international arena.

“The most important legacy that Shinzo Abe has left for Vietnam-Japan relations is the trusting relationship, not only at the leadership level but also between the peoples of the two countries,” Cuong said.



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