While in Vietnam, the RoK leader paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum; paid a courtesy call on Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong; met with Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh; and held talks with N.A. Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Kim Jin-pyo (left, first row) and Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh (right, first row)

At these meetings, the Vietnamese leaders said the two countries share a long-standing relationship and many common interests, complementary potential and strengths, and sound growth achievements in the past three decades. There remain potential and large room for the bilateral relations to develop further in the near future, they stressed.

The Vietnamese leaders urged the two sides to continue working together for the effective and practical development of the bilateral cooperation, particularly via increasing the exchange of high-level visits and meetings as well as collaboration between their ministries, sectors and localities.

They said the two countries should promote progress recorded in their parliamentary cooperation over the past time, and exchange and share experiences in legislation to create favorable conditions for Vietnamese businesses and people living and working in the RoK and vice versa.

For his part, Kim Jin-pyo lauded the rapid growth of the bilateral relationship, particularly the recent upgrade of the ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership, and hoped that the two sides will build on the achievements of the bilateral relations in politics, economy, culture, people-to-people exchange, and defense-security.

The RoK highly valued Vietnam’s position in the region’s new strategies and initiatives, including the Korea-ASEAN Solidarity Initiative, the Speaker affirmed, pledging to make further  contribution to the future growth of the RoK-Vietnam ties.

Speaker of the RoK N.A. Kim Jin-pyo shakes hands with N.A. Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue.

The Vietnamese and Korean leaders agreed to make efforts to lift two-way trade to 100 billion USD in 2023 and 150 billion USD by 2030 by capitalizing on their existing bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements. They consented to step up cooperation in the fields of semiconductor, digital transformation, energy security, and just energy transition.

The Korean leader also visited the southern economic hub of Ho Chi Minh City, Ninh Binh province, and Hai Phong city in the north. In Hanoi, he and Vuong Dinh Hue cut the ribbon to inaugurate the headquarters of the Vietnam - Korea Institute of Science and Technology, a symbol of sci-tech and innovation cooperation between the countries.

Source: VNA