|President Truong Tan Sang (right) meets former RoK President Lee Myung-bak in HCM City yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photos Thanh Vu
HCM CITY (VNS) — Viet Nam is interested in the Republic of Korea's economic development model and experience in developing agriculture and rural areas for the country's efficient new rural construction, President Truong Tan Sang said.
He told former RoK President Lee Myung-bak during a reception for him in HCM City yestereday. Lee is leading a business delegation on a working visit to Viet Nam.
He welcomed the former South Korean President and his accompanying entrepreneurs and affirmed that the two countries' strategic co-operative partnership, established when Lee Myung-bak was in office, has brought about rapid developments in trade, tourism and investment.
The recent completion of negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) between the countries will surely help the bilateral economic ties grow further, he confirmed.
The guest said with delight that Viet Nam-RoK relations have grown significantly over the past years. He expressed his hope that in his position, President Sang will do more to enhance the ties.
He said he believes that Viet Nam will reap more results in its rural construction and development process and that signed FTAs will help improve rural residents' income.
He also shared with the host that during his visit, RoK and Vietnamese enterprises signed a number of memoranda of understanding on cooperation.
He hoped that close coordination will successfully implement these agreements and intensify bilateral trade ties. — VNS