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(LEAD) Moon promotes cooperation in talks with Vietnamese leaders

All Headlines 21:27 March 23, 2018

(ATTN: UPDATES with reports of Moon's meeting with Vietnamese prime minister, Assembly chairwoman in last 5 paras)

HANOI, March 23 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in sought to promote cooperation between his country and Vietnam in a series of meetings with top Vietnamese leaders Friday.

In a meeting with Vietnam's most powerful leader, Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party, Moon stressed the need to further improve the countries' bilateral relationship and boost their trade.

"In a meeting with Secretary General Trong, President Moon noted the progress the countries have made since establishing diplomatic ties 25 years ago and discussed ways to promote people-oriented cooperation, sustainable and mutual cooperation and cooperation for joint development to further develop their relationship," Moon's office Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) shakes hands with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam, before the start of their meeting in Hanoi on March 23, 2018. (Yonhap)

Trong said Moon's state visit will mark the start of efforts to upgrade the strategic cooperative partnership the countries established in 2007.

"I am confident your visit this time will further deepen and expand Vietnam-South Korea relations and provide a transparent itinerary in the future, as it comes at a time when our two countries' relationship is greatly developing," Trong said through his interpreter, according to Cheong Wa Dae pool reports.

The Moon-Trong meeting came shortly after the South Korean president held a bilateral summit with his Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang. The two presidents reaffirmed their joint efforts to boost the countries' bilateral trade to US$100 billion in 2020 from $63.9 billion in 2017.

Moon arrived here Thursday on a three-day visit that marks his first overseas trip this year and also his first state visit to Vietnam.

In a later meeting with National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the South Korean president stressed the importance of exchange between the countries.

"While noting active exchange between the parliaments was contributing to the improvement of the cooperative relationship between the two countries, President Moon discussed ways to ensure joint existence and prosperity, as well as support for multicultural families to help promote women's rights," Cheong Wa Dae said of the Moon-Ngan meeting.

The meeting was also followed by Moon's talks with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, who is in charge of increasing practical cooperation with South Korea.

"While agreeing to work together to reach $100 billion in trade by 2020 and build the foundation for mutually beneficial trade and investment, President Moon and Prime Minister Phuc agreed to strengthen the countries' mutual cooperation in the industrial parts and materials and automobile sectors and also expand cooperation in the areas of finance, energy, agriculture, water resources and welfare," Cheong Wa Dae said.

Moon will wrap up his visit Saturday when he heads to the United Arab Emirates for a four-day official visit.


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