Seoul (VNA) – Prime
Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that Vietnam attaches importance
to cooperation with the Republic of Korea (RoK), and stands ready to serve
as a bridge to further promote ASEAN – RoK and Mekong
– RoK cooperation frameworks.
During a meeting with RoK PM Lee Nak-yeon in Seoul
on November 28, PM Phuc congratulated the RoK on successfully holding the
– RoK Commemorative Summit and the first Mekong – RoK Summit.
The Vietnamese PM wished that the RoK would continue
assisting Vietnam in bomb and mine clearance, as well as dealing with the
war consequences. He asked the RoK side to early complete the risk analysis
process to open the market for Vietnamese farm produce, towards the goal of
100 billion USD in two-way trade.
He suggested encouraging Korean firms to transfer
technology and engage in Vietnam’s key energy and infrastructure projects,
and sharing experience in information technology such as 5G network,
e-government development, online public services, and enterprise
The PM also called on the RoK to consider relaxing
and finally removing some conditions for loans from the Economic Development
The leader expressed his wish that the Korean
government, people and mass organisations would continue helping the
Vietnamese community in the RoK, especially Vietnam – RoK multicultural
families, to stabilise their lives, contributing to local socio-economic
development and reinforcing friendship between the two countries’ people.
The guest also proposed that the Korean government
consider issuing favourable visa policy for Vietnamese people to boost
tourism and people-to-people exchange.
PM Lee, for his part, affirmed the RoK’s policy of
extending cooperation with Vietnam, and vowed to further enhance bilateral
ties in a wide range of areas.
The RoK will take measures to protect legitimate
rights and interests of children of Vietnam – RoK multicultural families,
help them to inherit the cultures and languages of both nations and make it
easier for them to become global citizens, he said.
He added that the RoK will coordinate with Vietnam
so that the latter will play well the role of a non-permanent member of the
United Nations Security Council for the 2020 – 2021 tenure and ASEAN Chair
Host and guest promised to effectively make use of
existing cooperation and dialogue mechanisms, expand people-to-people
exchange, and work closely together on regional and global issues.
On regional and global situation, the two PMs shared
the awareness about the significance of maintaining peace, stability,
respect for law in the region, and of settling disputes by peaceful means
and dialogues in line with international law.
In the afternoon the same day, PM Phuc and his
entourage left Seoul, concluding their trip to the RoK to attend the
ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit and the first Mekong-RoK Summit and for an
official visit to the RoK./.