|General Secretary of the CPV and President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and DPK Chairman Lee Hae-chan
At a meeting with Party General Secretary and President Nguyen Phu Trong in Hanoi on March 26, the DPK leader expressed his impression about Vietnam’s rapid changes and development. He briefed on the RoK’s socio-economic situation as well as the DPK’s policy on foreign affairs and national development.
Trong, in turn, highlighted Lee’s ongoing visit as an opportunity for Party leaders to deepen mutual understanding and trust
He hailed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on augmenting cooperation between the CPV and the DPK while urging both sides to work closely together to implement the pact, which will contribute to consolidating the bilateral friendship and strategic partnership.
Earlier the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc gave a reception to Lee and his delegation
The Vietnamese cabinet leader also extolled growing Vietnam-RoK relations across a variety of fields. The RoK is now the biggest foreign investor, second biggest ODA supplier, and third biggest trade partner of Vietnam, he said, noting that the country also ranks second in terms of foreign tourist arrivals in Vietnam.
PM Phuc asked the RoK side to continue offering favourable conditions for Vietnamese citizens living, working and studying in the RoK.
Lee said he hopes Vietnam will continue facilitating RoK enterprises investing in the nation.
Both leaders affirmed their resolve to elevate Vietnam-RoK trade to US$100 billion by 2020.
Also on March 26, Politburo member and permanent member of the CPV Central Committee’s Secretariat Tran Quoc Vuong held talks with DPK Chairman Lee Hae-chan, during which both sides updated each other on the current situation of their respective nations and parties.
They also compared notes on measures to boost ties between the CPV and the DPK in the time to come, as well as sharing information and their views on international and regional issues of shared concern.
Following the talks, head of the CPV Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan and Deputy General Secretary of the DPK Kim Kyung-hyup signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on boosting cooperation between the two parties.