Viet Nam, DPRK Agree to Push up Bilateral Ties

Viet Nam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to further strengthen and foster their traditional friendship and cooperation.

The agreement was reached by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and visiting PM Kim Yong Il during their talks in Ha Noi on Saturday following an official welcome ceremony.

During the talks, the two PMs discussed measures to promote bilateral ties as well as regional and international issues.

PM Dung praised the achievements made by the DPRK’s people during the national unification process and expressed his belief that under the leadership of the Korean Workers’ Party, led by General Secretary Kim Jong Il, the DPRK would quickly overcome difficulties and challenges to make great achievements in the national construction and development.

The Vietnamese government leader affirmed that Viet Nam consistently advocates the DPRK’s policy of self-reliance, peace and national unification and that the country appreciates the results of the second Inter-Korean summit in Pyongyang , as well as recent progress on the Korean Peninsular and the results of the recent six-party talks.

The host thanked the DPRK’s Party, Government and people for their support and assistance during Viet Nam ’s struggle for national unification and socialism construction.

PM Kim Yong Il congratulated the Vietnamese people on their achievements during the industrialization and modernization process under the leadership of the Communist Party of Viet Nam.

He also expressed his wish that the Vietnamese people continue to make more accomplishments in socialism construction and realize its target of becoming a strong country where wealthy people enjoy an equitable, democratic and civilized society.

The visiting PM thanked the Vietnamese Party, Government and people for their help during the DPRK’s national unification and socialist construction cause over the past years.

The two PMs expressed their delight at the development of the traditional friendship and cooperation built up by late President Ho Chi Minh and President Kim Il Sung.

Party chief Nong Duc Manh shakes hands with visiting PM Kim Yong Il of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in Ha Noi on Oct 27

They affirmed their determination to continue strengthen bilateral ties as agreed by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam Nong Duc Manh and General Secretary of the Workers’ Party of the DPRK Kim Jong Il for the interest of the two peoples and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in Asia-Pacific and the world at large.

They agreed to increase the exchange of more visits and reached a consensus on measures to expand cooperative ties.

The Inter-governmental Committee on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation is required to be more active while trade, science-technology, culture, education, health care and sports are potential areas for cooperation. Businesses of the two countries should consider establishing joint ventures and increase two-way trade or a system of barter.

The two government leaders expressed their pleasure at the coordination between Viet Nam and the DPRK at regional and international forums such as the United Nations and the Non-Aligned Movement.

They agreed that following the official visit to the DPRK by General Secretary Nong Duc Manh, the visit to Viet Nam by PM Kim Yong Il is a significant event, marking the development of bilateral ties. PM Kim Yong Il invited his Vietnamese counterpart to visit the DPRK.

After the talks, the two government leaders witnessed the signing of a program on cultural, artistic, scientific and educational exchange between the two countries for the 2008-2010 period and a Memorandum of Understanding on agricultural science and technology cooperation between the Vietnamese Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the DPRK’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Source: VNA

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