Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh hosted a State-level ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on May 1 to welcome Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio who is on an official working visit to Vietnam.
The visit by the Japanese PM takes place when the Vietnam-Japan extensive strategic partnership is growing steadily across multiple fields and both countries are actively preparing for a range of activities marking the 50th anniversary of their diplomatic ties in 2023.
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and his entourage touch down in Hanoi on April 30 evening, marking the start of a two-day visit to Vietnam at the invitation of PM Pham Minh Chinh.
PM Chinh invites his Japanese counterpart to step on the podium while military bands play the national anthems of both Vietnam and Japan.
The two leaders review the guard of honour.
After the official welcoming ceremony, the two leaders plant memorial trees in the compound of the Government Office.
They then proceed to the conference room to hold talks.
This is Japanese PM's first visit to Vietnam after he took office last October.
The pair hold high-level talks shortly after the welcoming ceremony.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at the event
Earlier on the same day Japanese PM and his high-level delegation pay tribute to President Ho Chi Minh.
Japanese delegation lays a wreath at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on the morning of May 1.