Vietnam - RoK relations to grow even more strongly across all fields: Foreign Minister
|Vietnam - RoK relations to flourish even more across all fields: Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son in the interview to the media. (Photo: WVR/Nguyen Hong)
Foreign Minister Son described President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s state visit from December 4 to 6 as highly successful.
Taking place on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, it was the highest-level trip to the RoK by a Party and State leader of Vietnam since President Yoon Suk Yeol took office. President Phuc was also the first foreign leader to be welcomed by President Yoon Suk Yeol at the State level as President of the RoK.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc was the first foreign leader to be welcomed by President Yoon Suk Yeol at the State level as President of the RoK.
Leaders of the RoK affirmed that Vietnam is a focal partner in the implementation of their country’s “free, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific strategy” and “RoK-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative”. They also pledged support for close cooperation between Vietnamese and Korean ministries and sectors to achieve the common perceptions reached between the countries’ leaders, as well as signed agreements.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol at the press conference to announce Vietnam and Korea have become a comprehensive strategic partnership. (Photo: WVR/Hong Nguyen)
The most outstanding result of the visit was the elevation of the two countries’ ties to the comprehensive strategic partnership and a Joint Statement issued by the two Presidents. The upgrade was a historic milestone heralding a stage of stronger and more substantive development of bilateral relations.
During the visit, the two sides agreed on major orientations and concrete measures for developing relations in line with the spirit of the new partnership.
|Presidents Nguyen Xuan Phuc (back, left) and President Yoon Suk Yeol (back, right) witness the signing of an MoU on cooperation enhancement between the two Foreign Ministries. (Photo: VNA)
President Phuc also joined representatives of over 500 enterprises at a Vietnam - RoK business forum while receiving leaders of nearly 30 major enterprises, banks, financial organisations, and investors of the RoK.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc joined representatives of over 500 enterprises at Vietnam - RoK Business Forum in Seoul, on December 6, 2022. (Photo: WVR/Nguyen Hong)
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh and other officials from Vietnamese Ministries, sectors, and localities also held meetings with local partners to discuss cooperation.
Providing more details about the comprehensive strategic partnership, Foreign Minister Son noted under this partnership, cooperation between Vietnam and the RoK will be enhanced and expanded in all areas, from politics - diplomacy, security - defence, economy, trade and investment to education, science - technology, and people-to-people exchanges. In particular, these cooperation areas will become more practical and fruitful in the time ahead.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met with Korean Prime Minister Han Duck Soo.. (Photo: WVR/Nguyen Hong)
The elevation of ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership will give momentum to the consolidation of political trust and mutual understanding, thereby creating a favourable environment for promoting cooperation in different spheres, especially economy, he added.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met RoK National Assembly Speaker Kim Jin Pyo on December 6, 2022. (Photo: WVR/Nguyen Hong)
With the significant achievements obtained over the last 30 years and efforts by both nations, Vietnam - RoK relations will grow even more strongly across the board, thus generating benefits for the two peoples and contributing to peace, stability, cooperation, and prosperous development in the region and the world, he said.
Fostering people-to-people exchanges between the two peoples, along with collaboration in humanities-social affairs, was also a prominent focus of President Phuc’s visit, Foreign Minister Son stressed.
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Vietnamese delegation opened Vietnam Day in Gwangju city, Gyeonggi province, RoK. (Photo: WVR/Nguyen Hong)
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and the delegation visited Vietnamese Cultural Space to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Vietnam and RoK in Gwangju city. (Photo: WVR/Hong Nguyen)
Leaders of both countries agreed on the need to bolster bilateral exchanges and considered this an important factor of the Vietnam - RoK friendship.
|President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and Gwangju Mayor Bang Se-hwan at the ceremony announcing December 6 as the annual Vietnam Day of Gwangju city. (Photo: WVR/Hong Nguyen)
The visit was successful in terms of not only politics but also social aspects, meeting the aspirations of the countries’ peoples and businesses. It was a milestone and an important impetus for bilateral cooperation to develop in an increasingly substantive and sustainable manner for the sake of the two peoples, along with peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world, according to Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.