The Vietnam - Republic of Korea relations have been further cemented over the recent past by the exchange of visits of not only high-ranking officials, but also representatives of ministries, businesses and peoples of the two countries.

So said President Truong Tan Sang in Hanoi on April 3 while receiving Mayor of RoK’s Busan city Hur Nam Sik, who is leading a delegation of businesspeople and intellectuals on a working visit to Vietnam .

The similarities and harmony in the life and culture of the Vietnamese community in the Rok and of the Korean community in Vietnam are positive and special manifestations of the bilateral diplomatic relations, the President said.

The leader asked the RoK government and Busan authorities to further facilitate the Vietnamese in the country to integrate into the local community, and affirmed that the Vietnamese State stands ready to assist the RoK businesses to operate in Vietnam just as in their own home country.

For his part, Mayor Hur affirmed that Busan authorities hope to have more relations in various fields with many of Vietnam ’s cities besides Ho Chi Minh City , with which they have enjoyed close relations over the past two decades.

He also asked the President to help further strengthen the relations between Vietnam and the RoK, including those with Busan.-VNA