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Vietnam PM’s South Korea visit aimed at boosting ties

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh’s official visit to South Korea from June 30 to July 3 will help step up growing bilateral relations between the two nations.

This is the first visit to South Korea by a leader of Vietnam since the two countries upgraded their bilateral ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in December 2022.

Vietnamese and South Korean leaders will find ways to expand cooperation in areas such as semiconductors, supporting industries, digital transformation, green transition, circular economy, and climate change response.

Chinh’s visit is an indication that Vietnamese Party and State leaders attach importance to the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, according to the Vietnam News Agency.

Permanent Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu told the news agency that the visit would help put into play the agreements reached by leaders of the two nations, particularly the action plan which was signed in June 2023 to implement the comprehensive strategic partnership.

The visit comes at a time when the bilateral relationship is at its best, with South Korea being one of Vietnam’s top economic and trade partners, Vu said.

South Korea currently leads in direct investment and tourism, and ranks second in development cooperation, and third in trade and labor cooperation.

Given the rapidly evolving and complex global and regional landscapes, Chinh’s visit reaffirms Vietnam’s foreign policy that treasures its friendship and cooperation with South Korea, and Vietnam’s commitment to contributing to maintaining and promoting peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and beyond, Vu noted.

Chinh is expected to engage in more than 30 activities, including meeting with high-ranking South Korean leaders; attending business, tourism promotion, cultural cooperation, and labor forums; and working with leaders of South Korean businesses and intellectuals and scientists in the fields of semiconductor and artificial intelligence.

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