VIETNAM, February 12 –
Vietnamese FM Bùi Thanh Sơn (right) meets RoK NA President Park Byeong-seug. VNA/VNS Photo Khanh Van
SEOUL — Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bùi Thanh Sơn met with Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Park Byeong-seug and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Hong Nam-ki in Seoul on February 11.
President Park said he was delighted with the flourishing relations between the countries over the past few years and spoke highly of Việt Nam’s role and stature in Southeast Asia.
He affirmed that the Korean parliament will support and create the conditions to unceasingly develop and deepen the Việt Nam – Republic of Korea strategic cooperation partnership in all its aspects.
The National Assembly of the Republic of Korea stands ready to cooperate and share its legislative and oversight experience with its Vietnamese counterpart, while continuing to pay more attention and take practical measures to support the Vietnamese community in the Republic of Korea. Korea, he noted.
Minister Sơn, who was on an official visit to the Northeast Asian nation from February 9 to 11, said the Republic of Korea is one of Việt Nam’s main partners and the parliaments of both countries have played an important role in promoting the strategic cooperative partnership in the recent past.
Noting with satisfaction the increasingly strengthened ties between the two parliaments, he called 2022 an important year as it will open a new stage of development for relations between the countries since the establishment of their diplomatic relations 30 years ago. .
He expressed hope that Việt Nam and the ROK will make fruitful use of cooperation and dialogue mechanisms on diplomacy, security – defense and economy – trade – investment; export more Vietnamese products to the Republic of Korea; promote investment from the Republic of Korea in Việt Nam; stimulate technology transfer and labor cooperation; and intensifying healthcare research and development collaboration, with Việt Nam receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and drug production technology from the Republic of Korea.
The Foreign Minister added that Việt Nam wishes to maintain close coordination and mutual support with the ROK in multilateral forums and mechanisms. He called for continued defense of ASEAN’s position on the East Sea issue, saying the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry will continue to help strengthen cooperation between the two parliaments.
The host and guest agreed to increase exchanges and meetings of delegations at all levels, especially at the highest level, in order to enhance political trust and cooperation between parliaments, governments and peoples of their countries.
Vietnamese FM Bùi Thanh Sơn (left) meets with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance of the Republic of Korea Hong Nam-ki. VNA/VNS Photo Khanh Van
During the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Hong Nam-ki, Sơn and his host discussed measures to develop bilateral relations more strongly and comprehensively in the coming times.
They agreed to effectively implement the Việt Nam–Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement to increase bilateral trade to $100 billion by 2023 and $150 billion by 2030; strengthen cooperation in the areas of health, culture, education, tourism, labor and people-to-people exchanges; and maintain coordination in multilateral forums and on regional and international issues of common interest.
Vice Premier Hong said the countries have become priority partners for each other, adding that Korean investors want to engage more in major infrastructure projects in Việt Nam.
He urged the two sides to maintain and develop strong partnerships in culture, tourism and people-to-people exchanges while actively assisting and ensuring the security and legitimate interests of each other’s citizens.
He also expressed his hope to visit Việt Nam soon to co-chair the second dialogue on economic cooperation at the level of Deputy Prime Minister.
On the same day, the Minister met with representatives of Vietnamese people’s associations in the Republic of Korea. —VNS