Visiting Japanese Communist Party leader Kazuo Shii and Nguyen Phu Trong, top leader of Vietnam, on Monday agreed on joint efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons from the world toward the 2015 review conference of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
At their meeting in Hanoi, Shii and Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, also confirmed their intentions to strengthen relations between their two parties.
Shii is visiting the Southeast Asian country at the invitation of Vietnam as this year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
In talks with reporters after the meeting, Shii said that the two communist parties will hold the fifth meeting of their exchange program, launched in 2007, in Tokyo within this year.
Shii also said that he and Trong shared the view that territorial issues involving China in the East China Sea and the South China Sea should be resolved through diplomatic negotiations.