Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong-ho (Photo: VNA)

Singapore (VNA) – The Party, State and people of Vietnam treasure and want to further strengthen and promote the traditional friendship with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), said a senior Vietnamese official.

During a bilateral meeting with DPRK Minister of Foreign Affairs Ri Yong-ho on the sidelines of the 51st ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting (AMM-51) and related meetings in Singapore on August 3, Deputy Prime Minister cum Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh applauded the positive progress on the Korean peninsula, especially the outcomes reached at recent summits between the DPRK, and the Republic of Korea (RoK) and the United States (US).

Minh expressed his hope that concerned parties would continue to maintain dialogues to ensure peace, stability and cooperation on the Korean peninsula as well as in the region and the world.

Ri, for his part, spoke highly of the bilateral friendship and cooperation with Vietnam.

He thanked the Party, State and people of Vietnam for the valuable assistance they had given to the DPRK in the past, especially the provision of dozens of thousands of tonnes of rice to help the country address its food shortage in the 1990s.

Ri emphasized the desire to elevate the relationship between the DPRK and Vietnam to a new height in the time to come.

He also affirmed the DPRK’s commitment to the denuclearization process on the Korean peninsula.-VNA