President Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Vietnam said that increasing cooperation between his country and Korea formed an essential foundation for new and better developments between the two countries for the promotion of common interests of the two peoples, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world. President Trong made the impressive statement in a conversation with President Yoon Suk-yeol on June 8, 2022.
President Yoon had high-level on-line talks with General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong of the Communist Party of Viet Nam at the Party Central Committee headquarters.
According to a report by VLLF (Vietnam Law & Legal Forum) news of Vietnam on June 9, 2022, the two leaders said that they appreciated the importance of the high-level talks, especially on the occasion of the two countries' celebration of the 30th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations.
General Secretary Trong congratulated President Yoon on being elected as the 20th President of the Republic of Korea.
General Secretary Nguyen also congratulated Korea's past achievements and welcomed the country's active role and contributions to cooperation frameworks in the region and on international issues for peace, cooperation, friendship and development.
General Secretary Trong affirmed the importance of the strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.
Nguyen emphasized that Vietnam and Korea were countries with many historical and cultural ties.
He said that people-to-people relations have developed, and cooperation between the two countries had developed comprehensively and substantively in recent years.
Trong also said he appreciated the South Korean support in the development process of Vietnam, including cooperation in COVID-19 prevention and control.
"These are essential foundations for a new and better development step between the two sides for the common interests of the two peoples, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world," he said.
President Yoon congratulated Vietnam on the comprehensive successes in the increasing role and international position of Vietnam.
Yoon congratulated the 13th Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam on being successfully organized, and the Congress trusted to elect Trọng to continue as General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam.
Yoon showed his appreciation for the contributions of Party General Secretary Trọng and said he believed that under the leadership of the Communist Party of Vietnam and Party General Secretary Trọng, Vietnam would achieve its goals of becoming a developed country by 2045.
Yoon also expressed his delight at the outstanding development of the bilateral relations and said that Korea wished to continue to be a reliable partner in the new development period for Vietnam.
Preisdent Yoon responded positively to the direction of cooperation that Party General Secretary Trong discussed and considered Vietnam one of the essential partners in Korea's policy in the region.
The two leaders agreed to strengthen political trust, high-level contacts and relations on channels of the Party, Government, National Assembly and people between the two countries, and to promote the important pillar role of economic, trade and investment cooperation.
The two leaders said that they would also develop cooperation in the field of defense and security; enhance cultural cooperation between localities, labor cooperation, and support citizens of the two countries living, studying and working in each country; and actively coordinate regional and international multilateral forums.
The two also exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual concern.
Party General Secretary Trong said that Vietnam adhered to the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, friendship, cooperation and development, and multi-lateralization and diversification of foreign relations.
He said: "Vietnam is a reliable partner and an active and responsible member of the international community. Vietnam is always interested and willing to make active contributions to the peace process, denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and support efforts to maintain peace in Northeast Asia."
Regarding the East Sea issue, the two sides agreed on the necessity of maintaining peace, stability, cooperation and development, respecting the freedoms of navigation and overflight, and the legitimate rights and interests of each country in accordance with international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.
The two leaders agreed that the talks had achieved important results, opening a new stage of development in relations between the two countries.
Party General Secretary Trong invited President Yoon to visit Vietnam and Yoon accepted and invited Trong to visit Korea at a suitable time.