NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (L) holds talks via videoconference with the RoK's NA Speaker Park Byeong-seug on June 23 (Photo: VNA)
Chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Vuong Dinh Hue had talks via
videoconference with Speaker of the NA of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Park Byeong-seug
on June 23, in which he affirmed Vietnam’s readiness to work with the RoK to
lift bilateral ties to a new height.
Hue stressed that Vietnam
treasures and wants to develop its cooperation and friendship with the RoK,
which is one of the leading and long-term partners of the Southeast Asian
Vietnam highly values and
believes that the RoK’s New Southern Policy will create great opportunities for
the two countries to strengthen their strategic cooperative partnership, he said.
Regarding the Korean Speaker’s
proposal to elevate the bilateral relationship, which will turn 30 in 2022, to
a comprehensive strategic partnership, Hue affirmed that Vietnam is ready to
work with the RoK to lift their relations to a new height.
The Vietnamese leader noted
with satisfaction that despite the pandemic’s serious impacts, bilateral
economic, trade, and investment ties have still been growing well and formed
one of the drivers for their ties in other aspects.
In the current context,
businesses, especially leading enterprises of the RoK, still view Vietnam as an
attractive investment destination and continue to invest strongly in the
country, he remarked.
The Chairman asked both sides
to continue enhancing connectivity between the two economies based on the
signed free trade agreements and fostering bilateral trade. He called on the
RoK to create favourable conditions for Vietnamese goods, especially
agricultural products, to enter its market to help address the trade imbalance
so as to achieve the target of 100 billion USD in bilateral trade soon.
Chairman of the Vietnamese National Assembly Vuong Dinh Hue in the talks (Photo: VNA)
He also applauded Samsung’s
establishment of a research and development centre in Hanoi and its attention
to the supporting industries in Vietnam, describing this as a good way to boost
The Vietnamese NA and
Government highly value the role of Korean investors and will create more
conditions for them to address difficulties to make long-term and successful
investment in Vietnam, Hue affirmed.
On this occasion, he thanked
the RoK for assisting Vietnam in the COVID-19 combat, suggesting the two
countries to cooperate closely via the COVAX Facility to ensure the
implementation of their respective vaccine strategies.
They should consider the
exchange of experts and the pilot application of vaccine passports to tourism
and other activities in the time to come, he suggested.
For his part, Park said
Vietnam is one of the important partners of the RoK and pointed out that more
than 8,000 Korean businesses are operating in the Southeast Asian nation.
During the talks, the two
leaders held that Vietnam and the RoK should step up bilateral cooperation and
people-to-people exchange, considering Vietnamese - Korean families as a
precious common asset that needs to be treasured and supported.
Having suggested both sides
strengthen cooperation in culture, sports, and education, Hue spoke highly of
coach Park Hang-seo’s contributions to the Vietnamese men’s national football
team, helping them to secure a berth in the third and final qualifiers of the
FIFA 2022 World Cup, and described this as a symbol in the cultural exchange
between the people of the two nations.
Vietnam and the RoK should
also actively support each other’s roles at multilateral forums and
international parliamentary cooperation mechanisms for the sake of human
development as well as regional and global peace and security, he said.
Hue also affirmed that
Vietnam has always served as a responsible member of the international
community and actively contributed to global peace, stability, and development,
including via efforts to promote the maintenance of peace on the Korean