|President Park Geun-hye and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong (L). — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
Full text of the joint statement issued during the ongoing RoK visit by Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong.
"1. At the invitation of Park Geun-hye, President of the Republic of Korea (ROK), Nguyen Phu Trong, General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, visited Korea on October 1-4, 2014. During the visit, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong held a summit with President Park Geun-Hye yesterday and attended the official dinner hosted by President Park the same day.
2. President Park Geun-hye and General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong noted with satisfaction the robust development of bilateral relationship since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992, and underlined the need to comprehensively develop and further deepen the ROK-Viet Nam Strategic Cooperative Partnership established in 2009. In this regard, the leaders expressed their commitment to intensify co-operation in various fields including politics and security, national defense, trade and economy, society and culture, as well as regional and international issues. They also agreed to seek measures to further strengthen the current inter-governmental committee and take bilateral co-operation to a higher level in the new period.
3. The leaders agreed to reinforce senior-level exchanges between the governments, legislative bodies, and political parties of both countries, and encouraged the furtherance of existing channels of consultation to strengthen political-security co-operation and mutual trust. They also agreed to promote trade and investment by, inter alia, concluding negotiations for the ROK-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement within the year 2014, and agreed to further expand and facilitate implementation of ongoing bilateral co-operation in labour, industry, agriculture, finance, and development projects as well as in large-scale infrastructure construction projects so as to effectively connect the two economies and support sustainable development in both countries. The leaders also recognized the importance of improving the climate for boosting mutual private investment. In this connection, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong appreciated the contribution of Korean companies to Viet Nam's economic growth and expressed the willingness of the Vietnamese Government to create favourable conditions for expanding Korean business investment in Viet Nam.
4. Sharing the view that people-to-people exchanges provide a sturdy foundation for the development of bilateral relations, the leaders agreed to augment exchanges in various areas including education, science, culture, sports and tourism. They also agreed to redouble efforts to enhance the security and welfare of nationals residing in each other's nation. They noted in particular the importance of multicultural families as a bridge between the two peoples, and agreed on joint efforts to encourage future generations of multicultural families to play a central role in the youth exchanges between the two countries.
5. The ROK expressed grave concern over the DPRK's threats to conduct another nuclear test and its recent ballistic missile launches, and made it clear that the DPRK's possession of nuclear weapons cannot be tolerated. It further strongly urged the DPRK to take the path of peace and prosperity by abandoning its nuclear programme. In this regard, the two sides reaffirmed the ROK-Viet Nam Joint Statement in 2013 and called upon the DPRK to fully comply with relevant UNSC resolutions as well as its commitments under the September 19, 2005 Joint Statement of the Six-Party Talks. Viet Nam reaffirmed support for the ROK's initiatives to promote dialogue, reduce tension, establish sustainable peace towards peaceful reunification on the Korean Peninsula and to promote peace and co-operation in Northeast Asia.
The leaders emphasised the importance of maintaining peace, stability and ensuring maritime security and safety, and freedom of navigation, and recognized the need for parties concerned to resolve issues in a peaceful manner in compliance with international law, to implement the 2002 DOC, and to work towards the early adoption of the COC.
6. The leaders shared the view that the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, to be held on December 11-12 in Busan in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the ASEAN-ROK dialogue relations, will be an important milestone promoting substantive development of the ASEAN-ROK Strategic Partnership. Viet Nam announced that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung will attend the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit and pledged support for its success. The ROK expressed its appreciation for Viet Nam's cooperation.
7. General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong expressed his gratitude to President Park Geun-hye and the Korean people for their warm, solemn, friendly and thorough reception and invited President Park Geun-hye to visit Viet Nam again at a convenient time. President Park Geun-hye expressed sincere thanks and accepted the invitation with pleasure. — VNS