Viet Nam, Republic of Korea mark 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties

The Embassy of the Republic of Korea (RoK) in Viet Nam held a ceremony on December 1 to celebrate the RoK’s 77th National Day (August 15) and the 30th founding anniversary of the two countries’ diplomatic ties (December 22).

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Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) and RoK Ambassador Oh Young-ju, December 1, 2022 - Photo: VGP/Hai Minh

The event drew the attendance of Standing Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh, about 200 local and ministerial representatives, and over 500 Koreans. 

Addressing the ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Pham said he is impressed with the RoK’s socio-economic achievements over the past years.

He said 30 years is not a long period but thanks to the resolve and efforts by generations of the two countries’ leaders and people, on the basis of cultural similarities, geographical proximity, economic complementarities, and common strategic interests, Viet Nam and the RoK have become leading partners of each other. 

“Looking towards the future, there remains huge potential for bilateral relations to develop intensively and extensively given the demand for post-pandemic economic recovery and global trends like digital transformation and green growth”, he said.

Viet Nam has devised its development strategy with socio-economic targets through 2030, with a vision to 2045, while the RoK also expects to become a leading country, which create room for both sides to enhance cooperation during the realization of their development targets.

The Deputy Prime Minister took the occasion to call on the two countries to continue efforts to further strengthen ties in all fields, both bilaterally and multilaterally, so that their relations will develop more strongly and reach a new height.

He was convinced that during the up-coming official visit of Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to the RoK, the two countries' leaders will discuss and define a new framework for their relations along with goals and development directions of bilateral ties in the next period.

In reply, Korean Ambassador Oh Young-ju said Viet Nam is a leading partner of her country in the enhancement of solidarity with ASEAN and the building of a free, peaceful, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

The Ambassador suggested that on the basis of the existing partnership in manufacturing, the two countries should expand their links to digital transformation, the fulfillment of the carbon neutrality target, and economic security.

The two countries should also advance the diplomatic and defense cooperation since regional and international peace is a prerequisite for stability and prosperity. Collaboration should also be enhanced in the settlement of disputes and international issues such as climate change, she said. 

Korean expatriates also play an important role in bilateral ties, and it’s time for the two sides to work together so that the Korean community in Viet Nam can make greater contributions to the Southeast Asian nation./.   

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