The Korean and German diplomats voiced their appreciation during their talks with Vietnamese Foreign Minister and Deputy Foreign Minister on July 23.

Deputy PM and FM Pham Binh Minh and Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha before their talks in Hanoi on March 9, 2018. Photo:VGP

During their phone talks, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Kang Kyung-wha discussed bilateral cooperation in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and stimulating economic recovery.

They shared experience in COVID-19 prevention and control in their respective countries and emphasized the importance of enhancing collaboration in various areas, especially in economic development. They agreed to take suitable measures in the coming time.

Deputy PM and FM Minh said that Vietnam is considering resuming commercial flights with several countries, including the RoK.

He asked the RoK to enhance cooperation within the ASEAN-RoK and Mekong-RoK frameworks, including participating in pilot projects, and making contributions to the sustainable development of the Mekong Sub-region.

For her part, Korean FM Kang promised to assist Korean enterprises in expanding business and investment in Vietnam.

She thanked Vietnam for creating favorable conditions for Korean workers and experts to enter the country. She pledged to actively engage in cooperation activities within the ASEAN and Mekong sub-regional mechanisms in the time to come.

During the talks between Deputy FM To Anh Dung and Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Niels Annen

* During their online talks, Deputy FM To Anh Dung and Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Niels Annen expressed delight at the strong development in the Vietnam-Germany strategic partnership in different fields. This development has practically contributed to the celebration of the 45th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties (1975-2020). 

The German official suggested the two countries exert all-out efforts to boost the establishment of the ASEAN-European Union (EU) strategic partnership, and raise cooperation between the two regions to a new height and in a more effective and comprehensive manner.

During the online talks, the two sides agreed to enhance their coordination in the framework of the United Nations Security Council in settling issues of common concern, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the world.

The German side showed its concern about the current tension in the East Sea (South China Sea), considering it a threat to freedom, safety and maritime and aviation security in the region. It voiced support for the settlement of disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means based on respect for international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Translated by Chung Anh