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|Speaker of the Republic of Korea's National Assembly (NA) Park Byeong-seug and Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) (Photo: VNA)|
Hanoi - Speaker of the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s National Assembly (NA) Park Byeong-seug left Ho Chi Minh City on November 4 evening, concluding his five-day official visit to Vietnam at the invitation of Vietnamese NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
During the trip, Park held talks with the Vietnamese top legislator, paid a courtesy call to Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, met Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and received President of the Vietnam-RoK Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Tran Van Tuy.
At these functions, both sides affirmed the two nations shared a long standing relationship and people-to-people exchange, with their strategic cooperative partnership deepened and growing robustly.
The RoK is the biggest among 136 foreign investors in Vietnam by registering a total capital of 70.2 billion USD and operating close to 9,000 valid projects. It also ranks second in ODA provision for, trade with, and reception of workers from Vietnam. It is also one of the key sources of foreign tourists to the Southeast Asian country.
The Vietnamese side appreciated the RoK Government’s presentation of the 300,000 USD aid to the country’s Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control to help address heavy consequences caused by recent storms and floods in the central region.
Regarding East Sea issue, the sides affirmed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation and overflight in the waters, along with peacefully resolving disputes in line with international law, including the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.
Meanwhile, they said the two parliaments have cooperated well to contribute to the Vietnam-RoK strategic cooperative partnership. Via parliamentary diplomacy, the two sides have helped enhance political trust and people-to-people exchange, expand and improve the effectiveness of cooperation in different fields, and share views on regional and international issues of common concern. They have also supported the two governments’ cooperation programmes and plans as well as the regional cooperation and connectivity frameworks that both countries promote.
Currently, the two legislatures are implementing their cooperation pacts signed in July 2013, with delegation exchanges well organised.
The two parliaments agreed to maintain all-level meetings in flexible forms amid the COVID-19 pandemic and to create a favourable environment for concurrently fighting against the disease, boosting socio-economic development, and gradually bringing bilateral collaboration to normal.
They also agreed to further listen to opinions from Vietnamese and RoK citizens so as to monitor the implementation of policies, thus creating a stable and favourable legal environment for citizens living in each other’s territories. In addition, they would continue bringing into play the role of their parliamentary friendship groups.
While in Vietnam, the RoK top legislator took time to pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum; visited the northern province of Ninh Binh and Ho Chi Minh City; and toured the Samsung Vietnam factory in Bac Ninh.