National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (left) is welcomed at the Incheon International Airport in Seoul on December 12 afternoon. (Photo: VNA)
Seoul (VNA) - Chairman of the National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue and a high-ranking delegation of the
Vietnamese legislature arrived at Incheon International Airport in Seoul on December 12 afternoon,
beginning their official visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK) at the invitation
of Speaker of the Korean NA Park Byeong-seug.
Hue has been accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister
Le Minh Khai; Secretary General of the NA and Head of the NA Office Bui Van
Cuong; Chairman of the NA Committee for External Relations Vu Hai Ha; and Head
of the NA Standing Committee’s Board for Deputy Affairs and President of the
Vietnam-RoK Friendship Association Nguyen Thi Thanh.
Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs
Dao Ngoc Dung; Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Tran Hong Ha;
Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Manh Hung; and Minister of
Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung also joined the delegation, among others.
delegation was welcomed at the airport by Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK
Nguyen Vu Tung, the Vietnamese Embassy’s staff and Vice President of the
RoK-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Suh Jung-sook.
Hue’s official visit
to the RoK is of great political importance as he had been elected Chairman of
the Vietnamese NA earlier this year. This is the first visit to the RoK by a
senior leader of Vietnam after two years since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out.
It is expected to further deepen and create new momentum for the Vietnam-RoK
strategic cooperative partnership, towards the 30th founding anniversary of
diplomatic relations in 2022.
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on December 22, 1992, the bilateral
relationship has been developing rapidly and obtained remarkable achievements
in all fields such as politics-diplomacy, security-defence, economy and
culture, and in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks. The RoK has become
one of the most important partners of Vietnam.
Relations between the parliaments of Vietnam and the RoK have been strengthened
and fruitfully developed. During then NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung's visit to the
RoK in July 2013, the two legislatures signed a cooperation agreement.
Officials and staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea welcome National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue in Seoul. (Photo: VNA)
Within the framework of the ongoing visit, NA
Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue will hold talks with Speaker of the NA Park Byeong-seug
and meet with Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum and other leaders of the RoK.
He will receive leaders of a number of Korean friendship organisations and
economic groups, meet with the Vietnamese community working and studying in the
RoK, and listen to the RoK's experience in building an economic recovery
strategy in the post-COVID-19 pandemic period.
In particular, during the visit, representatives of the two governments will
sign a bilateral agreement on social insurance which is a very important pact between
Vietnam and the RoK. It is expected that once the agreement comes into effect,
the social insurance benefits of Vietnamese employees who work for a definite
time in the RoK as well as Korean employees working in Vietnam will be
guaranteed by the laws of both countries. The agreement will contribute to
ensuring social security and creating more favourable conditions for workers in
getting access to employment opportunities./.