Vietnam, Rok strengthen legislative ties

National Assembly Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu shakes hands with RoK National Assembly Park Ju-seon (Photo: VNA

Seoul (VNA) – Vietnam’s National
Assembly is willing to work closely with the Republic of Korea’s parliament to
help accelerate the two countries’ strategic cooperative partnership, said NA Vice
Chairman Uong Chu Luu.

The official made the remark at his talks with
Deputy Speaker of the RoK National Assembly Park Ju-seon in Seoul on June 29,
at the outset of his three-day visit to the country to boost bilateral
legislative relations.

Expressing his pleasure with the growth of
Vietnam – RoK ties in the past 25 years, Luu suggested both sides increase high-ranking
delegation exchanges, expand mutually beneficial cooperation, and boost trade.

He requested the RoK to encourage local
enterprise to invest in Vietnam in terms of infrastructure, renewable energy
and support industry.

He thanked the RoK for always considering
Vietnam a prioritised partner and supporting Vietnamese expatriates in the
country, asking the RoK parliament to continue backing official development
assistance for Vietnam.

He called on the Vietnamese and RoK
law-making bodies to strengthen their collaboration at inter-parliament forums
in the region and in the world of which both agencies are members.

Vietnam welcomes the RoK’s support for the
stance of Vietnam and ASEAN concerning the East Sea issue and expects the RoK
to show stronger attitude toward actions that increase tension in the waters,
Luu noted.

He stated that Vietnam always supports every
dialogue effort to maintain peace, stability, and denuclearisation in the
Korean Peninsula.

He took the occasion to invite the RoK
parliament’s leaders to attend the 26th Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF),
which will be held in Vietnam in January 2018.

For his part, Park Ju-seon stressed a
priority to intensify engagements between the two national assemblies in the
context of bilateral partnership growing in all fields.

At a meeting on the same day with RoK Prime
Minister Lee Nak-yeon in Seoul, NA Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu expressed his
delight at the growing bilateral ties over the past 25 years.

He affirmed Vietnam’s external policy of
independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification, stressing
that Vietnam pays great attention to boosting the strategic cooperative
partnership with the RoK and is keen on expanding bilateral collaboration in
security-defence, education and training as well as in international and
regional issues.

Along with bolstering economic and trade
ties in a balanced, stable and sustainable manner, both sides should also
strengthen culture, education, tourism coordination and people-to-people
contacts, he suggested.

The Vice NA Chairman stated that Vietnam
supports dialogue efforts to maintain 
peace, stability and denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula.

He also proposed that the RoK assist
Vietnam in running for the position of UNESCO Director-General for the
2017-2021 tenure, while asking for assistance for Vietnamese women married to
RoK men.

For his part, PM Lee said that the RoK is
interested in exporting high-speed railway construction technology to other
countries, including Vietnam.

He also lauded Vietnam’s efforts in backing
foreign investors, including those from the RoK, to invest in the country.

The RoK PM thanked Vietnam for support the
peace and denuclearisation process in the Korean Peninsula, while expressing
his hope that RoK President Moon Jae-in will visit Vietnam and attend the APEC
Summit in October.

Earlier, NA Vice Chairman Uong Chu Luu and
the Vietnamese NA delegation visited the Samsung Group’s headquarters in Suwon,
the capital city of Gyeonggy province.

As scheduled, he will pay a courtesy call
to Speaker of the RoK National Assembly Chung Sye-kyun and visit the Vietnamese
Embassy in the RoK on June 30 before concluding his visit on July 1.-VNA

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