|President Truong Tan Sang (right) receives RoK Minister of Defence Han Min-koo yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc
HA NOI (VNS) — Collaboration between Viet Nam and the Republic of Korea, based on the strategic partnership established in 2009 and a high level of mutual political trust, actively contributes to regional peace, stability and development, President Truong Tan Sang said yesterday.
Receiving RoK Minister of Defence Han Min-koo in Ha Noi, he also said cultural similarities and more than 100,000 expatriates living in either country also form an important foundation for enhancing mutual understanding, friendship and co-operation.
Sang welcomed the minister's three-day (May 27-29) visit to Viet Nam that seeks to reinforce the bilateral strategic co-operative partnership, especially in national defence and trade.
He hailed the outcome of talks held between the two defence ministers and called for expedited implementation of signed co-operation agreements as well as new initiatives to deepen bilateral relations.
|Defence Minister General Phung Quang Thanh (left) meets with RoK Minister of Defence Han Min-koo yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Trong Duc
Han Min-koo told the President that in his meeting with Vietnamese counterpart Phung Quang Thanh, the two defence ministers agreed to enhance Viet Nam-RoK defence ties in the near future through regular exchange of delegations and sharing of military experiences.
He proposed that the two sides step up co-operation in the field of military industry.
Both sides welcomed the growing ties in economy, defence and people-to-people exchanges.
Han Min-Koo said that the Vietnamese community in Korea was integrating well into the host society and making active contributions to national development.
The two sides also discussed several issues related to regional peace and stability.
Viet Nam and the RoK signed a Memorandum of Understanding on defence co-operation in 2010. Bilateral strategic defence dialogues at the deputy ministerial level have been held since 2012. — VNS