Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan meets with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea in Hanoi on March 23. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Chairwoman of the National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea in Hanoi on March 23 during which both sides expressed their delight at progress of the two countries’ ties over the past 25 years.

Both sides said they were pleased with the strong development of the Vietnam-RoK Strategic Partnership, friendship exchanges between the two legislative bodies and cultural, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.

The two leaders agreed to encourage and facilitate expansion of parliamentary cooperation at all levels to strengthen the two countries’ political will towards a long-term and stable bilateral relations.

They voiced support for the two parliaments to cement cooperation to increase exchange of law-making experience and foster the implementation of agreements between the two nations, particularly the Vietnam-RoK Free Trade Agreement. They also agreed to strengthen support for each other at international and regional inter-parliamentary forum, contributing to peace and stability in the region and the world.

Chairwoman Ngan said she highly appreciated support President Moon and the RoK government have provided for Vietnam and expected the two sides will work together to bolster the sustainable development of their economic and trade ties.

She urged the RoK government to back Vietnam in developing human resources, science-technology and the Vietnam-Korea Institute of Science and Technology; and to expand partnership in culture, education, tourism and people-to-people exchange.

She also asked the RoK side to ensure the legitimate rights and benefits of Vietnamese citizens living in the RoK, especially brides and second-generation children.

President Moon, for his part, affirmed his desire to deepen the strategic cooperative partnership with Vietnam in various fields, saying Vietnam is a focus of the RoK’s New Southern Policy and a key partner in terms of development aid.

The RoK will continue backing Vietnam to develop the supporting industry and attract RoK investment into local hi-tech industries, Moon said.

He vowed to join Vietnam’s efforts to strengthen support and protection of Vietnamese brides and the future generations of the two countries.

He wants the two sides to step up cooperation in language training and soon sign an agreement in social security.

Vietnam and the RoK established diplomatic ties on December 22, 1992. They set up their comprehensive strategic partnership in August 2001, and agreed to lift the ties to a strategic cooperative partnership in October 2009. - VNA