|Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan (left) meets South Korea's newly sworn-in President Park Geun-hye in Seoul on Tuesday.—VNA/VNS photo
HA NOI (VNS)— Viet Nam wishes to deepen its strategic co-operative partnership with South Korea, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan said while meeting with South Korea's newly sworn-in President Park Geun-hye in Seoul on Tuesday.
At the meeting, Doan handed Park congratulatory messages from President Truong Tan Sang and Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and delivered Sang's invitation for her to pay an official visit to Viet Nam.
Doan predicted that under Park's leadership, South Korea would continue to prosper and gain a higher position in the international arena.
She expressed hope that the South Korean government would continue to provide support for Vietnamese living in South Korea, one of Viet Nam's major labour export markets.
Park thanked Doan for attending her inauguration ceremony and said that the South Korean government - and she herself - paid keen attention to nurturing the country's relationship with Viet Nam.
She also expressed delight that the bilateral trade turnover reached US$20 billion in 2012, the year the two countries celebrated their 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations. Both sides aim to raise the figure to $30 billion this year.
She affirmed that South Korea Government would support Vietnamese people living in the country, particularly Vietnamese women married to South Korean men.
Doan also met with three big South Korean economic groups (Lotte, Chamvit and LG) that have investment projects in Viet Nam. She affirmed the hosts that Viet Nam would continue to create an attractive environment for foreign investors.
During her trip, Doan also sat down with United Kingdoms Minister of State at the Foreign Common Wealth Office Hon Hugo Swire.
She expressed hope that the UK would urge the rest of the EU to recognise Viet Nam's market economy and to support the World Bank to continue providing development loans for Viet Nam.
Doan also asked the UK to continue to provide Official Development Assistance to Viet Nam in its strong areas such as finance, petro-chemistry, science and technology.
For his part, Swire expressed his wish that the two sides continue to develop their strategic co-operative partnership, in addition to boosting co-operation in both economics and culture. — VNS