Vietnam, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea seek stronger ties

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News

Hanoi (VNA) – Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh has
affirmed Vietnam would work with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
(DPRK) to promote bilateral cooperation in the areas that match potential and
interests of each side, as well as national and international regulations, for
peace and development in the region and the world.

Minh made the remarks during the talks with DPRK Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho
and Ri Su Yong, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers’ Party
and head of its International Department, as part of his official visit to the
DRPK at the invitation of Ri Yong Ho from February 12-14.

Vietnam stands ready to share its experience in national construction,
socio-economic development and international integration with the DPRK at its
requests, he said.

Minh also asserted Vietnam’s consistent stance on supporting dialogues in order
to maintain peace, security and stability on the Korean Peninsula, as well as
its willingness to actively contribute to the process.

For his part, Ri Yong Ho stressed his hope for stronger relationship between the
DPRK and Vietnam as the two nations will celebrate the 70th founding
anniversary of diplomatic ties in 2020.

He agreed to exchange measures to enhance the bilateral relationship suitable
with the new situation.

The DPRK minister used this occasion to thank Vietnam for its stance and
efforts in promoting the dialogue progress for peace, security, cooperation and
development on the Korean Peninsula.

The
two sides briefed each other about the socio-economic development of each
country. They agreed to continue coordinating at international and regional
forums such as the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement, the ASEAN Regional
Forum, as well as international conferences and forums among political parties.

The
two sides agreed to enhance the exchange of viewpoints over issues of mutual concern
such as the maintenance of peace and stability in the region.

At
the talks with Ri
Su Yong, Minh conveyed the New Year greetings from General Secretary of the
Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee and President Nguyen Phu
Trong to the DPRK’s leader Kim Jong Un.

He affirmed that based on
the consistent foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace,
cooperation and development, diversification and multilateralization of
international relations, being friend and reliable partners and responsible
member of the international community, the Party, Government and people of
Vietnam want to maintain and promote the traditional friendship with the DPRK’s
counterparts.

Minh congratulated the
DPRK people on achievements that they have gained during the cause of national
construction and development.

He took the occasion to
invite Ri Su Yong to visit Vietnam to enhance the exchange and partnership
between the two parties.

For his part, Ri Su Yong emphasised
the Workers’ Party and Government’s standpoint of treasuring the traditional
friendship between the two countries as well as determination to promote the
bilateral ties, which was founded and nurtured by President Kim Il-sung and
President Ho Chi Minh, considering it as a valuable asset that need to be
preserved and upheld.

He expressed his belief
that Minh’s ongoing visit will make important contributions to reinforcing and
promoting the traditional friendship and partnership between the two parties.

Ri Su Yong spoke highly of
important achievements that the Vietnamese people have obtained during the
cause of national construction and development and in enhancing the country’s
international status. He expressed his hope to visit Vietnam in the near
future.

The same day, Deputy PM
and FM Minh visited the Vietnamese Embassy in the DPRK.-VNA

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