Deputy PM, FM holds phone talks with RoK FM hinh anh 1Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – At a request from the side of the Republic of Korea (RoK), Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh on February 28 talked over the phone with RoK Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

The two exchanged ideas on the Vietnam – RoK relations and cooperation. On this occasion, Minh talked about the Vietnamese government’s decision to suspend the unilateral exemption of visa for the RoK citizens starting from 0:00 a.m. on February 29.

This had earlier been notified to the RoK side to strengthen the ability to control the spread of the epidemic, under which RoK citizens holding popular passports are still allowed to enter Vietnam after acquiring the suitable visa.

Minh asked the RoK side to closely coordinate with Vietnam in the prevention and fight against the epidemic in general and to support the citizens and businesses working and living in the respective country in particular, and hoped that the economic cooperation and trade between the two sides will be maintained as usual.

For her part, RoK Foreign Minister Kang made known of the efforts by her government aimed at coping with the COVID-19; affirmed the government’s continued efforts to contain the epidemic; and stressed it will provide free medical assistance under WHO standards to the Vietnamese citizens in the RoK./.