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South Korean President Moon Jae-in paid a State visit to Vietnam
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President Tran Dai Quang hold talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in who is on a State visit to Vietnam. Photo: VNA

During the visit, South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with President Tran Dai Quang, witnessed the signing of documents, met the media, attended the Vietnam-South Korea Economic Forum, met with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, had an exchange with the Chief Coach and U23 Vietnam Football Team and attended the ground breaking ceremony of the Vietnam-Korea Institute of Science and Technology. On this occasion, President Moon Jae-in paid a floral tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his Mausoleum and visited Ho Chi Minh relics.

During talks, meetings and contacts, leaders of the two countries exchanged ways to further promote the Vietnam-Korea strategic partnership and regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The two sides expressed elation and satisfaction at the rapid, comprehensive and effective development of bilateral relations in all fields after 25 years of diplomatic relations, especially since the establishment of the Strategic Partnership in 2009.

The two sides agreed to increase high-level visits and contacts, increase efficiency and frequency of exchange and dialogue mechanisms, expand exchanges though channels such as the governments, parliaments, political parties, localities of the two countries and in important domains such as diplomacy, defense, security and law enforcement.

The two sides agreed to expand trade ties towards lifting two-way trade to US$100 billion by 2020. They agreed to apply measures and implement mechanisms to balance bilateral trade; improve cooperation efficiency in investment, manufacture, energy, labor, identifying science and technology a spearhead to create a new driving force to bilateral ties, and expand cooperation in culture, education, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.

The leaders shared the same view on enhancing cooperation and mutual support at multilateral forums to coordinate response to global challenges and non-traditional security issues, affirmed the importance of ensuring peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea, and agreed to facilitate the settlement of disagreements and disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means in accordance with international law.

On this occasion, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Tran Dai Quang witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the action programme for trade cooperation in the 2018-2020 period to realize the target of $100 billion in two-way trade as well as MoUs on supporting industry cooperation, infrastructure and transport, urban construction and development, response to industry revolution 4.0, labor cooperation. In addition, a number of other MoUs has also been signed to strengthen cooperation between the two countries in various fields.

The two sides issued the Vietnam-South Korea Joint Statement towards the future, lauding the strong development of bilateral ties in all fields after 25 years of setting up diplomatic relations, taking note of regular high-level exchanges and contacts. With common efforts, progress has been made in the areas of trade, investment, development cooperation, culture and tourism; people-to-people exchanges. The two countries have become each other’s leading important partner.

The leaders held that the development of bilateral ties has benefited people of both countries and contributed to peace, stability, prosperity in the region and the world. In the context of complicated and rapidly changing world situation, in the spirit of forward-looking and mutual respect for the firm development of bilateral relations, the two sides inherit and continue bringing into play achievements in development of relationship over the past 25 years; further consolidate the foundation of cooperation for mutual benefit; actively, creatively expand and deepen exchanges, and cooperation in different fields to elevate and diversify the strategic partnership between Vietnam and Korea in the coming time.

President Moon Jae-in introduced the RoK Government’s “New Southern Policy,” with the key cooperation vision of people-centered common prosperity, and peace, stressing that within this framework, the RoK will focus on developing relations with Vietnam, an important country in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). President Tran Dai Quang applauded the “New Southern Policy,” affirming that Vietnam, as the focal partner of the policy, is willing to play an active role in fostering the ASEAN-RoK relations.

In the framework of the visit, Ms. Nguyen Thi Hien, wife of President Tran Dai Quang and Mrs. Kim Jung-sook, wife of President Moon Jae-in visited the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology to learn about the Vietnamese culture and promote exchanges and cultural cooperation between the two countries.

Nguyen Duc