Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in (Source: Yonhap/VNA)

Seoul (VNA) – The Republic of Korea (RoK) President Moon Jae-in's state visit to Vietnam shows the importance he places on the country as he pushes for stronger ties with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) under his "New Southern Policy" unveiled last year, stated an article run by The Korea Times on March 23.

The article noted that this is President Moon’s second visit to the country in just four months since he was there in November 2017 for the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting.

The repeated visits to Vietnam show Moon's eagerness to elevate bilateral relations to a new level, particularly on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, it said.

The article wrote that a meeting between the RoK leader and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang on March 23 will be an opportunity for both sides to discuss economic cooperation.

The article quoted President Moon as telling Vietnam News Agency ahead of the visit that the two countries have developed a level of bilateral cooperation that can set an example for the world.

The two countries are already indispensable trade partners of each other, it said, adding that cultural exchanges through the spread of Korean entertainment have brought the two countries closer.

“The state visit will hopefully cultivate stronger ties with Vietnam, which is one of the fastest-growing economies of Southeast Asia,” concluded the article.-VNA