Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Park Soo-kwan, Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in the RoK’s Busan-Gyeongnam region, on August 24 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc received Park Soo-kwan, Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Busan-Gyeongnam region, in Hanoi on August 24.

The host leader welcomed his guest’s working visit to Vietnam, which is made amid the growing strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

Noting that Busan is developed in various fields, especially economy and trade, he expressed his hope that the trip will considerably contribute to the city’s cooperation with Vietnamese localities and businesses.

The Honorary Consul General said his delegation includes representatives of many prestigious Busan businesses who came to seek cooperation and investment opportunities in Vietnam. He highly valued Vietnam’s fast socio-economic development under the management and steering of the Government led by PM Phuc.

Park asked his host to support the opening of a direct air route linking Vietnam’s central city of Nha Trang city with Busan in order to create more chances for trade, cultural exchange and tourism partnership between the two nations. He also called for PM Phuc’s more support for cooperation activities between Busan and Vietnamese localities and enterprises in the time ahead.

At the meeting, PM Phuc said the Vietnamese Government appreciates Park’s contributions to bilateral relations, asking him to continue to help protect legitimate interests of Vietnamese people working, studying and living in the Busan-Gyeongnam region, especially the Vietnamese – Korean families, and encourage local universities and businesses to grant scholarships for students and recruit workers from Vietnam.

The Honorary Consul General was also asked to encourage more RoK businesses to invest in the Southeast Asian country or partner with Vietnamese firms to import high-quality agricultural products which are a strength of Vietnam and also in demand in the RoK.

The host leader added the Vietnamese Government and himself are always ready to assist Park to fulfill his role as Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in the Busan-Gyeongnam region.

Park pledged to persuade major and capable businesses in the region to increase investing in Vietnam. He also promised utmost efforts to develop the two countries’ strategic cooperative partnership in all fields.-VNA