President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Yong-nam left Hanoi on Aug. 7, successfully concluding his official visit to Vietnam.

During his stay in Vietnam , President Kim Yong-nam held talks with President Truong Tan Sang and met with Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

He also paid tribute to President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and laid wreaths at the Martyrs Monument in Hanoi

At the meetings, the two sides affirmed their wish to ceaselessly consolidate and develop the traditional friendship between Vietnam and the DPRK, meeting the aspirations and interests of their people, as well as contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region.

They agreed to continue maintaining visits by high-ranking leaders and exchange of delegations at all levels, and to boost economic cooperation in the principle of mutual benefits.

The leaders demonstrated their consensus on enhancing cooperation in agriculture, culture, arts, sports, education-training and people-to-people exchange.

Regarding regional and international issues, the leaders agreed to continue maintaining close coordination at international and regional forums such as the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the Non-Aligned Movement, while strengthening the exchange of views on issues of common concern.

On the Korean Peninsula , Vietnam affirmed its consistent support for a peaceful, stable and nuclear-free Korean Peninsular.

Vietnam wants the concerned parties to make efforts to promote dialogue and take practical actions to boost the nuclear non-proliferation on the Korean Peninsula .

The country also supports dialogue, reconciliation, cooperation and peaceful reunification between the two Koreas , and does not back the use of force or threats to use force.

Regarding the East Sea issue, President Kim Yong-nam voiced his support for the settlement of disputes and emerging issues through peaceful dialogue in order to strengthen friendship among countries and ensure regional peace and stability.

With deep sympathies to the DPRK over serious human and poverty losses caused by recent natural disasters, on this occasion, the Party, State and people of Vietnam decided to provide 5,000 tonnes of rice for the DPRK people.-VNA