State President receives RoK Foreign Minister hinh anh 1State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) presents gift to RoK Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc has affirmed that the development of Vietnam – Republic of Korea (RoK) ties is a common determination from the grassroots to high levels in Vietnam.

During a reception in Hanoi on June 23 for RoK Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong, Phuc suggested the two countries’ foreign ministries and agencies maintain all-level exchanges, uphold initiatives to overcome difficulties caused by the pandemic, and further expand and diversify the RoK’s investment in Vietnam.

The host asked for effectively tapping the potential of cooperation in investment, trade, science-technology, culture-education, and urged the RoK to offer more support to the Vietnamese community in the country, including popularising Vietnam’s culture and language teaching.

Thanking the RoK for providing valuable assistance for Vietnam in the fight against COVID-19, Phuc wished that the RoK would share its experience in vaccine production and medical resources with the country.

He expressed appreciation for the RoK’s support to Vietnam to fulfil its roles as rotating ASEAN Chair 2020 and a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure, adding that the two countries need to work closely together during the time when Vietnam serves as coordinator of ASEAN – RoK relations in 2021-2024.

President Phuc voiced Vietnam and ASEAN’s stance on maintaining peace, stability, security, maritime safety and freedom, and settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means in line with international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Minister Chung expressed his delight at visiting Vietnam on the occasion of the Asia - Europe Meeting (ASEM) High-level Policy Dialogue in commemoration of ASEM’s 25th founding anniversary in Hanoi.

Describing Vietnam as a strategic and major partner in the RoK’s New Southern Policy Plus, he said the RoK wishes to further bolster coordination with Vietnam in all areas to meet aspirations of the the two countries' people.

On the occasion, he thanked Vietnam for creating favourable conditions for Korean experts and firms to do business in the country, and hoped that they would receive more support to effectively tap into bilateral economic and trade ties in the near future.

Speaking highly of Vietnam’s important contributions in the region and the world, especially this year when it serves as coordinator of ASEAN – RoK relations for the 2021-2024 period, he expressed his wish for closer connections with Vietnam to push forward ties between the RoK and ASEAN member states, including the Greater Mekong Sub-region.

The guest stated that the RoK Foreign Ministry is ready to work closely with Vietnam at multilateral forums and on issues of shared concern.

He also wished that Vietnam would make further contributions to promoting dialogue and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula./.