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RoK President Moon Jae-in wraps up State visit to Vietnam

President of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Moon Jae-in and spouse on March 24 concluded their three-day State visit to Vietnam at the invitation of President Tran Dai Quang.

During the visit, President Moon held talks with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang, witnessed the signing of many cooperation agreements between the two countries, had a meeting with the press and attended a Vietnam-RoK Business Forum.

The RoK leader held separate meetings with General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, and had an exchange programme with Vietnam’s U23 football team and its Korean head coach Park Hang-seo.

President Moon was also present at a ground-breaking ceremony for the Vietnam-RoK Institute for Science and Technology. On this occasion, he also laid flowers in tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi.

At the meetings, the two sides expressed delight at the rapid, comprehensive and effective growth of bilateral relations in all fields after 25 years of setting up diplomatic ties, especially after the establishment of cooperative strategic partnership in 2009.

Both sides agreed to maintain regular high-level visits and meetings, while enhancing the efficiency and frequency of dialogue and discussion mechanisms, expanding exchanges and cooperation among agencies of the two governments, parliaments, politic parties and localities as well as in major areas such as diplomacy, defence, security and law enforcement.

They concurred to work together for the target of 100 billion USD in two-way trade by 2020, while rolling out measures to balance trade, and improving the efficiency of cooperation in investment, manufacturing, labour and energy. The two sides defined science and technology as spearhead to create a new momentum for bilateral cooperative relations.

The two countries also agreed to expand cooperation in the fields of culture, education, tourism and people-to-people exchanges.

The two sides consented to further strengthen coordination and mutual support at international forums as well as responding to global challenges and non-traditional security matters. They affirmed the importance of ensuring peace, security, safety and freedom of navigation and aviation in the East Sea, and promoting the settlement of disputes in the East Sea through peaceful measures in line with international law.

On this occasion, President Moon Jae-in and President Tran Dai Quang witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on joint action programme in trade cooperation for the 2018-2020 period, aiming to reach the target of 100 billion USD in bilateral trade by 2020, along with MoUs on cooperation in supporting industry, infrastructure and transport,n urban construction and development, response to 4.0 revolution’s impacts, and the sending and receipt of labourers.

Within the framework of the visit, Nguyen Thi Hien, wife of President Tran Dai Quang and Kim Jung-sook, spouse of President Moon Jae-in, visited the Vietnam Museum of Ethnology in Hanoi to learn about Vietnamese culture and promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.