Vietnam, Republic of Korea celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations

WVR/VNA - On December 20, in Hanoi, the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) held a ceremony celebrating the 30th anniversary of Vietnam-Republic of Korea (RoK) diplomatic ties.
Vietnam, RoK celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations
Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan and participants attended the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and Korea (December 22, 1992 - 2022). (Photo: VNA)

In her speech, Vice President Vo Thi Anh Xuan said the friendly ties between Vietnam and the RoK date back to many centuries ago. Through ups and downs in history, Vietnam and the RoK officially established their diplomatic ties on December 22, 1992, opening up a new chapter in their relationship.

She hailed the RoK as the biggest foreign investor in Vietnam, the second biggest partner in terms of official development assistance, labour and tourism and the third biggest in trade. In return, Vietnam is the biggest economic partner of the RoK in ASEAN, accounting for 30% of the total investment and 50% of the total trade between the RoK and ASEAN.

At present, there are about 200,000 expatriates from each country living, studying and working in the other country, including about 80,000 Vietnamese-Korean multicultural families. About 70 pairs of localities have established cooperative ties while nearly 2,000 flights per month connect the two countries’ localities. Korean cultural, art, film, food, and fashion programmes are very popular in Vietnam. The Vietnamese cuisine and culture are also becoming wider known in the RoK, she said.

The Vice President recalled that the RoK was one of the first countries to provide vaccines and medical equipment for Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19. Vietnam also creates favourable conditions for Korean firms to expand operations in the country, ensuring the stability of supply chains amid the global economic downturn.

"The Vietnam-RoK relationship is a model of success based on political trust, dynamic, flexible and sustainable economic cooperation and close people-to-people exchange," she stressed.

Vietnam, RoK celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations
Vietnam, RoK celebrate 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations. (Photo: VNA)

VUFO President Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga pledged that VUFO and the Vietnam-RoK Friendship Association, as the core of people-to-people exchange between the two countries, will strive to perform their bridging role and work closely with Korean partners and mass organisations to effectively carry out agreements reached by leaders, step up people-to-people and cultural-art-sport exchanges, facilitate economic-trade and tourism activities, and help with humanitarian and charity projects in support of Vietnam-RoK multicultural families, Vietnamese and Korean communities in each nation.

The RoK Ambassador to Vietnam, Oh Young-ju, said bilateral ties have reached an unprecedented level during just 30 years. He expressed his firm belief that the event affords both sides a chance to reaffirm their deep friendship and celebrate the bright future they will step toward.

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(Source: WVR/VNA)