Vietnam Wishes for Stronger Relations with RoK

Vietnam always highly values bilateral relations with the Republic of Korea (RoK) and wants to strongly develop the bilateral ties in a more practical manner, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has said.

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Vietnam Wishes for Stronger Relations with RoK
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and outgoing RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Park Noh-wan. Photo: VGP

The PM made the affirmation during a reception in Hanoi on October 7 for outgoing RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Park Noh-wan, VietnamPlus reported.

The leader hailed the diplomat for promoting bilateral economic ties during his three-year tenure in Vietnam, particularly his support for connecting Vietnamese localities with Korean firms and localities, and jointly holding successful dialogues between the Vietnamese PM and the Korean business community to address their difficulties, toward lifting two-way trade to $100 billion in 2023 and $150 billion by 2030.

The RoK now ranks first in terms of direct investment in Vietnam, second in ODA development cooperation and third in trade with the Southeast Asian nation, he stressed.

The PM expressed his belief that the two sides will upgrade the bilateral ties to a new height on the occasion of the 30th founding anniversary of diplomatic ties this year to match with the aspirations of their people and contribute to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world as well.

As Vietnam is building an independent, self-reliant and globally-integrated economy, he expected that the RoK would assist Vietnam in training hi-quality workforce, developing core industries, energy transition, green and digital transformation as well as supporting Korean firms in expanding long-term operations in the country, including in electronic chip production.

Vietnam will offer all possible support to Korean enterprises in line with the laws in the spirit of harmonising interests and sharing difficulties and risks, he said.

The government leader suggested the RoK continue coordinating with the Vietnamese side to well organise high-level visits and people-to-people exchanges, create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community working and residing in the RoK, and continue supporting Vietnam at international forums and ASEAN’s stance on the South China Sea (Bien Dong Sea) issue.

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and outgoing RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Park Noh-wan. Photo: VGP
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right) and outgoing RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Park Noh-wan. Photo: VGP

Park, for his part, thanked the Vietnamese Government for assisting enterprises, including Korean businesses, in the country.

He said the Korean Government is considering the provision of more quota for Vietnamese guest workers in the RoK. He expressed his hope that Vietnam will continue assisting Korean firms in expanding cooperation in different fields such as digital economy, energy transition and climate change response.

The ambassador also vowed to continue backing the promotion of bilateral ties in the near future.

Earlier, Park was honoured with the “For peace and friendship among nations” insignia for his contributions to promoting friendship between the two countries.

President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga (R)presents the insignia to the diplomat at a ceremony in Hanoi on October 4. (Photo: VNA)
President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga (R) presents the insignia to the diplomat at a ceremony in Hanoi on October 4. Photo: VNA

President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga presented the insignia to the diplomat at a ceremony in Hanoi on October 4, according to VOV.

Empowered by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son on October 3 also presented a Friendship Order to the ambassador, in honour of his valuable contributions to promoting bilateral ties./.

Rosy Huong