HANOI, Feb. 10 (Xinhua) -- Vietnamese President Nguyen Minh Triet on Tuesday expressed belief that the bilateral ties between Vietnam and Japan would develop to the level of a strategic partnership.
President Triet made the statement when warmly welcoming Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito here on Tuesday on the occasion of his first ever visit to Vietnam.
Triet expressed thanks for the support and assistance by the Japanese to the Vietnamese people in the causes of national construction and economic development over the past few years.
Crown Prince Naruhito showed satisfaction over the comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, especially in the field of economic and education cooperation in recent years.
The two sides voiced their hope to keep on nurturing the relation between the two countries and bringing it to a new height.