Vietnam’s National Assembly is willing to closely cooperate with its counterpart in the Republic of Korea (RoK) to enhance the two countries’ strategic cooperative partnership, said NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung during his talks with Speaker of the RoK’s National Assembly Chung Ui-Hwa in Hanoi on March 18.

The Vietnamese Chairman said bilateral ties have been developing strongly as seen through delegation exchanges, demonstrating the political trust between the countries’ leaders.

Economic cooperation has also enjoyed encouraging progress as the RoK respectively ranks first, second and third in terms of direct investment, official development assistance provision and trade in Vietnam, he noted.

The leader highly valued the conclusion of bilateral free trade agreement negotiations and the 70 billion USD target for trade by 2020 while highlighting fruitful outcomes reached in culture, education, science-technology, security, and defence cooperation.

Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said he hopes Speaker Chung Ui-hwa and the RoK National Assembly will support the extension of the special memorandum of understanding (MoU) on labour cooperation and the renewal of the MoU on labour cooperation between the two nations.

For his part, Speaker Chung Ui-Hwa voiced his delight at the vigorous growth of the countries’ strategic cooperative partnership and the affiliation between their parliamentarians through regular visits to exchange legislative experience.

He expressed his hope for increased cooperation efficiency between the two parliaments and Governments to meet the expectations of the two nations’ peoples.

The growing numbers of Vietnamese and RoK nationals living in the other country is an important factor for fostering multi-faceted connections between the two Governments and peoples, he added.

During their talks, both sides shared the view that the two National Assemblies have successfully implemented their cooperation agreement as inked in July 2013. They agreed to maintain all-level delegation exchanges and intensify the sharing of information, experience, and viewpoints on regional and international issues of mutual concern.

The countries will also create a favourable legal environment to facilitate travel and cooperation and protect their citizens.-VNA