Vietnam's President Meets Friendship, Cooperation Organisations in RoK

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam arrived in Seoul on December 4 afternoon (local time), beginning a state visit to the Republic of Korea (RoK).
December 05, 2022 | 08:09
Vietnam's President Meets Friendship, Cooperation Organisations in RoK
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) receives Ly Huan, chairman of the Ly family in RoK. Photo: VNA

Right upon his arrival in Seoul on December 4, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc had a series of meetings with organisations which have made significant contributions to the Vietnam-Republic of Korea (RoK) friendship, economic-cultural cooperation, and people-to-people exchanges, VNA reported.

Hosting a representative of the Ly family in the RoK, the President affirmed that the Vietnamese State and people are happy about and proud of the family’s success as well as contributions to both nations and their relations.

The State leader recommended they continue organising delegations to visit Vietnam on holidays, introduce Vietnam’s market and investment conditions, encourage Korean businesses to invest in the country, and promote Vietnamese culture among Korean people, making an important contribution to the bonding between the nations.

The representative said with the support of the Vietnamese embassy, the family’s activities for exchange and cooperation promotion have been launched smoothly and effectively.

Expressing his delight at the strong development of the nations’ ties, he wishes to receive further attention from the President and relevant Vietnamese agencies, especially regarding projects to promote Vietnam-RoK economic and people-to-people exchanges that are being implemented by his family.

Vietnam's President Meets Friendship, Cooperation Organisations in RoK
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc receives the RoK-Vietnam Friendship Association. Photo: VNA

Receiving the RoK-Vietnam Friendship Association (KOVIFA), Phuc wished and believed that the association will continue taking the lead and promoting its role in people-to-people exchange works and boosting the nations’ multifaceted collaboration.

It is also necessary to encourage Korean firms to step up investment and trade cooperation with Vietnam; and to support the 200,000-member Vietnamese community in the RoK, especially families of Vietnamese brides married to Korean citizens, the President noted.

KOVIFA's representative hoped more assistance from Vietnam’s competent agencies, sectors and social organisations will come in aid of its friendship exchange activities.

Vietnam's President Meets Friendship, Cooperation Organisations in RoK
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc at his reception for KOVIFA. Photo: VNA

At the meeting with the Korea and Vietnam Economic and Cultural Association (KOVECA), the President suggested it further promote the two countries' cooperation plans and projects, especially in the fields of high technology, renewable energy, new environmentally friendly industries, technology transfer, and medicine in the face of epidemics.

KOVECA's representative stressed a belief that Phuc’s visits will open up key collaboration opportunities for the sides across spheres.

President Phuc also received the Korea Eminent Person Group (EPG), which former ambassadors and leading experts of the two countries in diplomacy, economy, culture and society.

He acknowledging their active works in running many research and quality exchange activities, and making of many correct assessments and substantive and meaningful proposals for strengthening the two countries' cooperative relations.

He said he believes that a report, which is currently being jointly developed by the group to be submitted to the two governments, will be of good quality and have practical value.

Vietnam's President Meets Friendship, Cooperation Organisations in RoK
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc received the leader of the Korea Eminent Person Group, former Ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk. Photo: VNA

The EPG's reprentative hoped the report will make a positive contribution to the governments' policies planning to promote bilateral engagements, deepening the countries' relations toward effectiveness for the mutual benefits and for cooperation and development in the region and the world.

Also on the day, President Phuc had meeting with staff of the Vietnamese Embassy and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the RoK.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and a high-ranking delegation of Vietnam arrived in Seoul on December 4 afternoon (local time), beginning a state visit to the RoK from December 4-6, is made at the invitation of RoK President Yoon Suk Yeol.

President Phuc and his entourage were welcomed at Seoul military airport by RoK Foreign Minister Park Jin, RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Oh Young-ju and other officials of the RoK, along with Ambassador Nguyen Vu Tung and the staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in the RoK, and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the country.

During his stay in the RoK, the President is scheduled to hold talks with his RoK counterpart, and witness the signing/exchange of a number of cooperation documents.

He will also meet the Prime Minister and the Speaker of the National Assembly of the RoK, attend a business forum, and have working sessions with leaders of Korean firms.

The President will also visit and meet the Governor of Gyeonggi province where he is due to attend a ceremony to announce Vietnam Day of Gwangju, visit Vietnam’s cultural space and attend an art programme to celebrate 30 years of diplomacy between Vietnam and the RoK.

President Phuc is the first foreign senior leader to pay a state visit to the RoK since President Yoon took office.

The visit takes place at a time when the two countries are celebrating the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties, are entering a pivotal period to carry out their own development strategies, especially following the pandemic. It is expected to usher in new chapter in bilateral ties.

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