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

He expressed his wish that Speaker Moon would continue supporting the development of bilateral ties and assisting the Vietnamese community in the RoK, especially Vietnamese women marrying Korean citizens.

The working session with between Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Tran Thanh Man (third, left) and Speaker of the RoK National Assembly Moon Hee-sang (first, right) (Photo: VNA)

He also wished that the RoK would continue supporting Vietnam and ASEAN’s stance in 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, fully implementing the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea, towards reaching an effective and practical Code of Conduct in the East Sea at an early date.

Vietnam consistently backs peace, stability, denuclearisation and settlement of issues on the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner via dialogues and negotiations, he said, affirming that within its capacity, Vietnam will make active contributions to the peace process on the Korean peninsula.

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

Also the same day, Man had a meeting with head of the ruling Democratic Party (DP) of the RoK Lee Hae-chan.

The guest said the Vietnam visit early this year by Lee opened up a new chapter for ties between the DP and the Communist Party of Vietnam, thus laying a solid political foundation for the Vietnam – RoK strategic cooperative partnership.

He wished that the DP would continue supporting ties between the VFF and RoK partners, as well as the people-to-people exchange between the RoK and Vietnamese organisations 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.

He suggested that both sides sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation for the 2020 – 2025 period in the time to come.

Moon promised to do his best to ensure the rights and interests of foreign workers, including those from Vietnam.

In those meetings, Man proposed that the RoK accept 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 travellers to the country.

During its stay, 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./.

CPV/VNA