The RoK government leader expressed his hope when hosting a reception on March 29 for Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang, who is on an official visit to the RoK at the invitation of RoK Minister of Defense Lee Jong-sup.

PM Han Duck-soo (right) welcoming Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang

Welcoming General Phan Van Giang’s first official visit to the RoK as a defense minister, PM Han Duck-soo highlighted the visit, saying that it holds a special meaning when the two countries have upgraded their ties to the comprehensive strategic partnership (December 2022).

The RoK leader wished to expand RoK cooperation with Vietnam in such fields as diplomacy and economy. He asked for the Vietnamese government’s support for the country’s hosting of World Expo 2030 Busan. 

PM Han Duck-soo discussing with Vietnamese Defense Minister General Phan Van Giang

At the meeting, Gen. Giang conveyed Vietnamese PM Pham Minh Chinh’s regards to PM Han Duck-soo.

He reported to the RoK PM on the outcomes of his talks with RoK Minister of National Defense Lee Jong-sup, during which the two sides reviewed the results of the bilateral defense cooperation over the past time and agreed on measures to foster the ties in line with the two nations’ comprehensive strategic partnership. Gen. Giang wished the RoK government and relevant RoK agencies to pay further attention to assisting Vietnam in settling war legacy, a humanitarian issue concerned by the Vietnamese government and people.

An overview of the event

General Phan Van Giang hoped that PM Han Duck-soo will continue to support the two defense ministries to develop their ties in a more practical and effective manner in the time ahead.

During his visit to the RoK, Vietnamese Defense Minister Phan Van Giang visited Hanwha Group.

The Republic of Korea has a long history of people-to-people exchange. Meanwhile, Vietnam always attaches importance to its comprehensive and reliable cooperation with the RoK. Since the two countries established their diplomatic ties, their bilateral relations have rapidly developed in many fields. Notably, the upgrading of their relations to the comprehensive strategic partnership has created a driving force to promote the two countries’ relationship in an intensive and effective manner. In that context, the bilateral defense relations have also received due attention and been strengthened, reaping many practical results, especially in maintaining mechanisms for delegation exchanges, cooperation between forces, and personnel training.

Translated by Mai Huong