National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) welcomes Speaker of the NA of the Republic of Korea Park Byeong-seug in Hanoi on November 2 (Photo: VNA)
– National Assembly (NA)
Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Speaker of the NA of the
Republic of Korea (RoK) Park Byeong-seug in Hanoi on November 2, expressing the
willingness to work with the RoK side to foster the countries’ strategic
Welcoming Park on his official visit to Vietnam
from October 31 to November 4, the host said the trip is a clear demonstration
of the two countries’ success in the COVID-19 fight, as well as their leaders’
high political trust.
The Vietnamese parliament is ready to join hands
with him and the RoK counterpart to further enhance the friendship and
cooperation between the two NAs, thereby contributing to the countries’
strategic cooperative partnership, she said.
She appreciated the RoK Government’s
presentation of the 300,000 USD aid to the Central Steering Committee for
Natural Disaster Prevention and Control to help Vietnam address heavy consequences
caused by recent storms and floods in the central region.
Speaker Park, the first foreign parliamentary
leader to visit Vietnam since COVID-19 broke out earlier this year, conveyed
President Moon Jae-in’s sympathies on flood-triggered loss of life and property
to his host.
He held that Vietnam and the RoK have obtained
numerous achievements in bilateral relations since their diplomatic ties were
set up in 1992, noting parliamentary cooperation has been developing strongly
with frequent mutual visits by NA leaders.
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there remain many
aspects of cooperation for strengthening so as to foster economic links and
people-to-people exchange, including the facilitation of the entry of each
other’s experts and entrepreneurs, according to him.
As both countries have managed to contain
COVID-19, the RoK wishes to boost special entry procedures for each other’s
citizens in tandem with maintaining the coronavirus prevention, he said.
Chairwoman Ngan noted the Vietnam-RoK strategic
cooperative partnership has been thriving and becoming increasingly
substantive, adding that the two countries have become partners of leading
importance to each other in various spheres.
Affirming that Vietnam attaches great importance
to the development of the friendship and cooperation with the RoK, she said it
is ready to work with the Northeast Asian nation to expand bilateral relations
and develop cooperation between the two countries, as well as between the two
NAs, in all fields.
She highlighted that despites complex
developments of COVID-19, their economic partnership has been maintained with
positive figures in terms of investment and trade.
The RoK remains the largest among the 136
countries and territories investing in Vietnam, with nearly 9,000 valid
projects worth 70.2 billion USD. It currently ranks second in ODA provision
for, trade with, and reception of workers from Vietnam. It is also one of the
key sources of foreign tourists to the Southeast Asian country.
The host legislator pointed out the necessity to
soon organise bilateral cooperation mechanisms, including the economic dialogue
at the Deputy Prime Minister level and the inter-governmental committee for
economic, scientific and technical cooperation, in an appropriate form and to assist
their businesses to maintain economic activities.
She suggested both sides increase medical
cooperation, especially in public health care, and asked the RoK to facilitate
the entry of Vietnam’s agricultural products like dragon fruit, pork, chicken, and
mango into its market.
In response to Chairwoman Ngan’s recommendations
on stronger labour cooperation and people-to-people exchange, Park said his
country highly values Vietnamese workers’ contributions to local economic
development, and it will make suitable moves to receive new labourers from
The NA of the RoK will coordinate with the
country’s Government to provide appropriate support for Vietnamese women
married to RoK citizens, he noted, considering Vietnamese-RoK families as a
precious asset in connecting their nations in the future.
At the meeting, Ngan said the Vietnamese NA
supports the two governments’ cooperation in security-defence and promotion of
the signing of mutual legal assistance agreements on civil and commercial
matters to protect legitimate interests of citizens living in each other’s
She welcomed the opening of the RoK’s Consulate
General in Da Nang city, which she said will help reinforce ties between central
localities of Vietnam and the RoK.
Regarding cooperation at international and
regional forums, the Chairwoman applauded the RoK’s New Southern Policy which
lays an emphasis on bolstering relations with ASEAN countries, with Vietnam
being the focus.
Vietnam is willing to act as a bridge for
strengthening multifaceted cooperation between the RoK and ASEAN countries, she
As for the East Sea issue, both host and guest
shared the view on the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security,
safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the waters, along with
peacefully resolving disputes in line with international law, including the
1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Reviewing the NAs’ relations, they said the two
parliaments have cooperated well to contribute to the Vietnam-RoK strategic
Via parliamentary diplomacy, the NAs have helped
enhance political trust and people-to-people exchange, expand and improve the
effectiveness of cooperation in different fields, and share views on regional
and international issues of common concern. They have also supported the two
governments’ cooperation programmes and plans as well as the regional
cooperation and connectivity frameworks that both countries promote, according
to the leaders.
At the talks, the two sides agreed to maintain
all-level meetings in flexible forms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and to create a
favourable environment for concurrently fighting against the disease, boosting
socio-economic development, and gradually bringing bilateral collaboration to
They will further listen to opinions from
Vietnamese and RoK citizens so as to monitor the implementation of and build
policies and laws, thus creating a stable and optimal legal environment for
citizens living in each other’s territories. Besides, they will also continue
bringing into play the role of their parliamentary friendship groups.
Speaker Park said the countries will mark the
30th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2022, when Vietnam and the RoK
should elevate their cooperation as Vietnam is not only the key partner in his
country’s New Southern Policy but also plays a crucial role in ASEAN.
He also thanked Vietnam for assisting RoK
businesses to operate in the country.
Meanwhile, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed Vietnam’s
consistent stance on supporting the peace and denuclearisation process of the