At the meeting, Sonoura handed over Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s letter of congratulations to the Vietnamese Party chief on his election as State President of Vietnam. Trong also extended his thanks to Japanese King Akihito for sending his congratulations and PM Abe for dispatching a special envoy to deliver the letter. He noted with joy the comprehensive, strong, and practical expansion of the extensive strategic partnership between the two nations, while affirming that the Vietnamese Party and State always treasure relations with Japan as well as its fruitful cooperation and assistance in a wide range of fields. Trong also commended the two sides’ coordination in launching a string of meaningful activities to mark the 45th founding anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties throughout 2018. The Vietnamese Party chief suggested both sides maintain regular high-ranking visits and meetings in order consolidate political trust, promote economic connectivity via stronger links in investment, trade, ODA provision, agriculture, and labour, boost locality-to-locality connections, augment cooperation on human resources training, and strategic connectivity towards deepening the two countries’ friendship. In reply, Sonoura thanked Trong for his fine sentiment towards and respect for Japanese leaders and stressed that his nation applauds Vietnam’s recent development successes, as well as its role and positive contributions to international and regional issues.