Vietnam considers RoK important partner

VOV.VN - Vietnam always regards Republic of Korea (RoK) as one of its most important partners, said President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man while paying a courtesy visit to Speaker of the RoK National Assembly Moon Hee- sang in Seoul on September 27.

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 President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Tran Thanh Man meets with Speaker of the RoK National Assembly Moon Hee-sang (Photo: VNA) 
The VFF leader said he hopes that Speaker Moon would continue supporting the development of bilateral relations as well as the Vietnamese community in the RoK, especially Vietnamese women marrying Korean citizens.

He also expressed his wish that the RoK would continue supporting Vietnam and ASEAN’s stance of maintaining peace, stability, maritime freedom and safety in the East Sea, and settling disputes in the East Sea by peaceful means in line with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) towards reaching an effective and practical Code of Conduct in the East Sea (COC) at an early date.

He also voiced Vietnam’s consistent support for peace, stability, denuclearisation and settlement of issues on the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner via dialogues and negotiations and affirmed that within its capacity, Vietnam will make positive contributions to the peace process on the Korean peninsula.

Moon, in turn, said his nation’s New Southern Policy treasures ties with ASEAN, including Vietnam, and thanked Vietnam for its significant contributions to the peace process on the Korean peninsula.

Also the same day, the VFF President had a meeting with head of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) of the RoK Lee Hae-chan, during which Man said the Vietnam visit early this year by Lee opened up a new chapter for stronger ties between the DP and the Communist Party of Vietnam, thus laying a firm political foundation for the Vietnam – RoK strategic cooperative partnership.

He believed that the DP would continue supporting relations between the VFF and RoK partners, as well as the people-to-people exchange between the RoK and Vietnamese organizations and localities.

During a working session with Chairman of the RoK’s Economic, Social and Labor Council Moon Seong-hyeon, Man asked the host to protect the legitimate rights of Vietnamese workers in the country and suggested that the two sides sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation for the 2020 – 2025 period.

The Korean Speaker pledged his best efforts to ensure the rights and interests of foreign workers, including those from Vietnam.

During the meetings, Man proposed that the RoK agree upon the launch of a direct air route connecting Can Tho and the RoK to make it easier for Mekong Delta women marrying Koreans to visit their native land and simplify procedures for Vietnamese travelers to the country.  

During the visit, the Vietnamese delegation attended the debut of the Vietnam-Korea Businessmen and Investment Association, visited the Energy Zero Centre and the agriculture technical institute in Gyeonggi province, and held a working session with the Saemaul (New Village) movement’s central committee.