|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung welcomes Song Hyun-Seung (left), president of the Yonhap News Agency in the Republic of Korea, in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday welcomed Song Hyun-Seung, president of the Yonhap News Agency in the Republic of Korea, in Ha Noi.
The PM praised the agency for its impartial coverage of Viet Nam's socio-economic situation, Viet Nam-RoK relations and China's illegal placement of an oil rig in Viet Nam's waters.
He asked Yonhap to continue objective reporting on developments in the East Sea, especially Viet Nam's measures to solve disputes peacefully in line with international law.
Dung said he was pleased at flourishing ties between the two countries and the co-operation between the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and Yonhap.
Song replied that his visit aimed at stepping up the partnership between the two news agencies.
Earlier, VNA General Director Nguyen Duc Loi had talks with Yonhap president Song Hyun-Seung.
The two agreed to foster the exchange of information on the Vietnamese and Korean communities living in each other's country.
The agencies also agreed to work closer at multilateral forums to improve the role of the media in solving regional and international issues of mutual concern.
After their talks, VNA and Yonhap signed a new co-operation agreement, focusing on the exchange of news in texts, photos and video clips. They will also maintain exchanges of visits by senior officials and journalists.
The VNA and Yonhap signed an agreement on news exchanges in 2007 and an agreement on the exchange of multi-media products in 2009. —VNS