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Foreign media highlights Party leader’s RoK visit

Foreign media on Nov. 14 joined the chorus to cover a visit to the Republic of Korea by Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, highlighting the significance of the visit made on the occasion of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Viet Nam and the RoK.

The media spoke highly of Viet Nam’s willingness to contribute to promoting peace, stability and cooperation on the Korean peninsular.

The visit will help strengthen economic and political relations, expand trade ties, as well as enhance bilateral cooperation on regional and international issues of mutual concern between Viet Nam and the RoK, they said.

Major newspapers in the RoK said that during talks between Party General Secretary Manh and President Roh Moo-hyun, the two leaders agreed to boost comprehensive cooperation between the two countries, particularly in information technology, trade and investment, tourism, as well as double-taxation avoidance.

China’s Xinhua news agency said that President Roh expressed thanks to Viet Nam for its proactive and constructive role in boosting stability and peace on the Korean peninsula.

The Agence France Presse (AFP) also covered General Secretary Manh’s activities in the RoK, highlighting President Roh’s statement to hail Viet Nam’s readiness to play a positive role in boosting relations between the two Koreas.

Two-way trade between Viet Nam and the RoK soared from 490 million USD in 1992 to 4.85 billion USD in 2006. Party General Secretary Manh and President Roh agreed to raise bilateral trade volume to 10 billion USD in the next 5-7 years.- (VNA)

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