DPM receives Lao, Korean guests
09:53 | 24/08/2018

VGP - Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh on August 23 received Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Khamphau Ernthavan and Honorary Consul General of Viet Nam in the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Busan-Gyeongnam region Park Soo-kwan. 

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh receives Lao Deputy Foreign Minister Khamphau Ernthavan, Ha Noi, August 23, 2018 - Photo:VGP/Hai Minh

At the meeting with Ms. Khamphau Ernthavan, who has been in Viet Nam to co-chair the third Viet Nam-Laos political consultation at the deputy foreign minister-level, Deputy PM Minh expressed his delight on remarkable progress in the traditional friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Viet Nam and Laos, as well as the close and effective ties between the two foreign ministries.

He highlighted the significance of the Viet Nam-Laos political consultation mechanism at the deputy foreign minister-level, asking the two sides to discuss issues openly with mutual trust in an effort to deepen the two countries’ cooperation.

Mr. Minh extended his sympathy for the losses the Lao people have suffered due to the tragic dam break in Attapeu province in late July, expecting that the Government of Laos and those affected would soon be able to overcome the difficulties and stabilize their lives.

Ms. Ernthavan supposed that the annual consultation mechanism between the two foreign ministers and the political consultation at the deputy foreign minister level have significantly contributed to strengthening the special ties between the two countries in general and the two ministries in particular. 

She congratulated Viet Nam on the success of the 30th Diplomatic Conference, expressing her thanks to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for its cooperation with and assistance to the Lao counterpart in recent years, especially in professional training for young diplomats.

On the behalf of the Party, State, and people of Laos, she showed gratitude towards Viet Nam for its material and spiritual support for Lao over the dam collapse incident.

The third political consultation at the deputy foreign minister level will take place in Ha Noi on August 24 under the co-chair of Vietnamese Deputy FM Le Hoai Trung and his Lao counterpart Khamphau Ernthavan.

Deputy PM, FM Pham Binh Minh receives Honorary Consul General of Viet Nam in the Republic of Korea (RoK)’s Busan-Gyeongnam region Park Soo-kwan, Ha Noi, August 23, 2018 - Photo:VGP/ Hai Minh  

The same day, at the reception for Mr. Park Soo-kwan, Deputy PM Minh hailed the development of the Viet Nam-RoK strategic cooperative partnership and Mr. Park’s contributions to promoting bilateral ties, especially in assisting Vietnamese-Korean families, and Vietnamese laborers and students in the Busan-Gyeongnam region.

He suggested the Honorary Consul General encourage large and potential businesses in the region to increase their investment in Viet Nam, promote the presence of Vietnamese products on the RoK market, and enhance cooperation in tourism, and education and training between the two countries. 

Mr. Park asserted to continue contributing to promoting the strategic cooperative partnership between the two sides in the upcoming time.

By Hoang Ha 

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