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Vietnam calls for more ODA from RoK

VOV - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has asked the Republic of Korea (RoK) to expand its official development assistance (ODA) to Vietnam.

During his talks with the host President, Lee Myung-bak, in Seoul on May 30 PM Dung suggested the RoK facilitate Vietnam ’s exports in order to gradually change the bilateral trade imbalance.

PM Dung affirmed that Vietnam sees the RoK as one of the top important partners, saying he hopes the two countries would together exert efforts to strengthen and develop the ties of cooperation in politics, economics, diplomacy, national security and defence, culture, education and environmental protection into a strategic partnership.

President Lee Myung-bak said the RoK has attached importance to boosting cooperation with Vietnam . He praised the results of the May 29 talks between PM Dung and his RoK counterpart Han Seung-soo, particularly their agreement in principle to bring the Vietnam-RoK relationship to the “Strategic Partnership” for peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

Meanwhile, PM Dung had a series of meetings with leaders of leading RoK groups as well as representatives of the two Ly families and the Vietnamese community in the country.

While receiving representatives of RoK groups, including the Korean Expressway Corp., Chan Vit and Kumho Asiana, PM Dung affirmed that Vietnam always creates favourable conditions for foreign investors, including those from the RoK, to do business in the country.

He highly valued these groups’ participation in socio-cultural and charitable activities in Vietnam and granting scholarships to Vietnamese students to study in the RoK.

The RoK groups’ leaders expressed their wish to continue investing in Vietnam , especially in such areas as finance, energy, transport, infrastructure construction and real estates.

Meeting with representatives of the two Ly families of Vietnamese origin in the RoK, the Vietnamese government leader praised the two families for their emotions towards the homeland although they have been living overseas for over a thousand years.

At a meeting with Vietnamese Embassy staff, students and members of Vietnamese community in the RoK, PM Dung said that the Party and State always considers the overseas Vietnamese community an inseparable part of the nation and creates favourable conditions for them in their life.

He asked the Vietnamese Embassy and representative offices in the RoK to protect the legitimate rights and interests of the Vietnamese community in the country.

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