DPM welcomes RoK’s Deputy Foreign Minister
08:40 | 27/12/2018

VGP – Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh hosted a reception for the RoK’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-gu, who is also head of SOM ASEAN of the RoK on December 26 in Ha Noi.

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh (R) and RoK’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Yoon Soon-gu, Ha Noi, December 26, 2018 – Photo: VGP/Hai Minh

Deputy PM Minh expressed the satisfaction at the fine developments in the friendly relations and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and the RoK. 

The host leader suggested the two sides promote cooperation in all fields even national defense, security, economics, e-commerce, labor, and innovation to strive for US$ 100 billion two-way trade turnover by 2020. 

In return, Mr. Yoon affirmed that the RoK attaches importance to the cooperative ties with Viet Nam in particular and ASEAN in general. He highlighted Viet Nam’s importance in the implementation of the New Southern Policy of Korean President Moon Jae-in and in the development of relations between the RoK and ASEAN nations.  

According to statistics, Viet Nam leads Southeast Asia in two-way trade, investment and people-to-people exchange with the RoK.  

He expressed hope that Viet Nam would continue boosting bilateral ties with the RoK via multilateral mechanisms such as the ASEAN-RoK, Mekong-RoK and joint work with the RoK in regional issues of shared concern. 

Earlier, Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister and head of SOM ASEAN Nguyen Quoc Dung held a working session with the Korean delegation.  

Towards the 30th founding anniversary of ASEAN-RoK dialogue relations in 2019, Minh stressed that Viet Nam supports the organization of the ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit and would work closely with ASEAN member states to ensure its success. 

Earlier, Vietnamese Deputy FM and head of SOM ASEAN Nguyen Quoc Dung held a working session with the Korean delegation. 

Dung said Viet Nam in particular and ASEAN in general attach importance to the initiative to hold the ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit, considering it an important milestone in the relationship with the RoK and a practical contribution to building an East Asia region of peace, stability and prosperity. 

He pledged to work with other ASEAN states to realize these initiatives, thereby further enhancing ASEAN-RoK relations. 

Mr. Yoon talked about preparations for the ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit scheduled to take place in late 2019 in the RoK, saying that a series of events within its framework wouldafford both sides a chance to outline orientations for the development of bilateral ties in the future./.

By Kim Anh  

 

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