National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (L) and Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in Busan-Gyeongnam region Park Soo-kwan (Source: VNA)

Busan (VNA) – National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan hailed contributions by Honorary Consul General of Vietnam in Busan-Gyeongnam region Park Soo-kwan to the Vietnam-Republic of Korea (RoK) ties while receiving him on December 4.

Thanking Park for helping arrange the delegation’s tour to Busan, Ngan said that her ongoing official visit to the RoK aims to continue deepening the bilateral strategic partnership in all fields, for the benefits of the two peoples.

Citing the fact that there are a lot of Vietnamese labourers and Vietnam-Korea multicultural families in Busan, she expressed her hope that the Honorary Consul General will help promote people-to-people exchanges, protect legitimate interests of Vietnamese citizens living in the city, particularly Vietnamese women who get married with Korean men, along with his efforts to boost bilateral cooperation in economics, trade, investment, tourism and education.

Welcoming the Vietnamese top legislator and accompanying delegates, Park Soo stated that the Busan-Gyeongnam region has over 300 enterprises investing in Vietnam and the number is getting bigger and bigger.

However, direct air routes connecting Busan and Ho Chi Minh City and the two countries at large have yet to meet the increasing demand for travelling of the two peoples, he added.

Agreeing with this proposal, Ngan stressed the need to increase flights between the two sides.

She also expressed her delight at the RoK’s decision to grant multiple entry visas valid for up to five years to Vietnamese citizens living in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and central Da Nang city.

Vietnam and the RoK established diplomatic ties on December 22, 1992. In August 2001, the two nations issued a joint statement on comprehensive partnership in the 21st century on the occasion of the RoK visit by Vietnamese President Tran Duc Luong. In October 2009, they boosted their relationship to strategic cooperative partnership level during the Vietnam visit by President Lee Myung-bak.

The two countries have contributed to forums and multilateral cooperation frameworks in the region and the world, while bilateral ties have been deepened via the regular exchange of high-level delegations.

Relations between the two legislatures have been nurtured bilaterally and multilaterally. During the RoK visit by Vietnamese NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in July 2013, a cooperation deal between the two legislatures was signed.-VNA