State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) presents gift to RoK Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has
affirmed that the development of Vietnam – Republic of Korea (RoK) ties is a
common determination from the grassroots to high levels in Vietnam.
During a reception in Hanoi on June 23 for RoK Minister of
Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong, Phuc suggested the two countries’ foreign
ministries and agencies maintain all-level exchanges, uphold initiatives to
overcome difficulties caused by the pandemic, and further expand and diversify the RoK’s investment in Vietnam.
The host asked for effectively tapping the potential of
cooperation in investment, trade, science-technology, culture-education, and urged the RoK to offer more support to the Vietnamese community in the
country, including popularising Vietnam’s culture and language teaching.
Thanking the RoK for providing valuable assistance for Vietnam in
the fight against COVID-19, Phuc wished that the RoK would share its experience
in vaccine production and medical resources with the country.
He expressed appreciation for the RoK’s support to Vietnam to
fulfil its roles as rotating ASEAN Chair 2020 and a non-permanent member of the
United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure, adding that the two
countries need to work closely together during the time when Vietnam serves as
coordinator of ASEAN – RoK relations in 2021-2024.
President Phuc voiced Vietnam and ASEAN’s stance on
maintaining peace, stability, security, maritime safety and freedom, and
settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means in line with international
law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
expressed his delight at visiting Vietnam on the occasion of the Asia - Europe
Meeting (ASEM) High-level Policy Dialogue in commemoration of ASEM’s 25th
founding anniversary in Hanoi.
Describing Vietnam as
a strategic and major partner in the RoK’s New Southern Policy Plus, he said the RoK
wishes to further bolster coordination with Vietnam in all areas to meet
aspirations of the the two countries' people.
On the occasion, he
thanked Vietnam for creating favourable conditions for Korean experts and firms
to do business in the country, and hoped that they would receive more support to effectively tap into
bilateral economic and trade ties in the near future.
Speaking highly of
Vietnam’s important contributions in the region and the world, especially this
year when it serves as coordinator of ASEAN – RoK relations for the
2021-2024 period, he expressed his wish for closer connections with Vietnam to push forward ties between the RoK and ASEAN member states,
including the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
The guest stated that the RoK Foreign
Ministry is ready to work closely with Vietnam at multilateral forums and on
issues of shared concern.
He also wished that Vietnam
would make further contributions to promoting dialogue and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula./.