14:16 (GMT +7) - Tuesday 21/05/2019

Vietnam Today

Kim Jong-un wraps up visit

Released at: 14:35, 02/03/2019

Kim Jong-un wraps up visit

President Nguyen Phu Trong (R) and Chairman Kim Jong-un at a national banquet in Hanoi on March 1 (Photo: VNA)

DPRK leader leaves Hanoi on March 2, concluding a five-day stay.

by Long Van

Chairman of the Workers’ Party and the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) Kim Jong-un left Hanoi on the morning of March 2, concluding his five-day stay in Vietnam where he met with US President Donald Trump during their second summit on February 27 and 28 and then paid an official friendship visit on March 1 and 2 at the invitation of Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong.

Before leaving the capital, Chairman Kim paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and laid a wreath at the Monument to Heroic Martyrs.

Earlier, on March 1, Party General Secretary and State President Trong and Chairman Kim held talks in Hanoi, following a welcome ceremony held at the Presidential Palace - the highest formality for a head of state.

According to a report from the Vietnam News Agency, the host hailed the visit as a new and important milestone in the history of the two Parties and countries, affording the leaders a chance to discuss each country’s situation, the development of bilateral ties, and regional and global issues of shared concern.

Party General Secretary and State President Trong affirmed that Vietnam consistently follows its external policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, cooperation and development, and the multilateralization and diversification of external ties, while taking on its role as a trustworthy friend and partner and a responsible member of the international community.

The Vietnamese Party, State, and people treasure the traditional friendship with the DPRK and want to further intensify ties between the two Parties and countries for the benefit of the two peoples, contributing to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region and the world, the Vietnamese leader was quoted by the news agency as saying.

Chairman Kim, for his part, hoped to share experience in national construction and socioeconomic development with Vietnam.

He thanked the host, the Vietnamese Party, and its people for their warm welcome and active support for the US-DPRK Summit.

The guest highlighted the DPRK Party and State’s consistent stance of valuing the traditional friendship with Vietnam, which was founded and nurtured by Presidents Ho Chi Minh and Kim Il-sung, and veteran leaders of the two Parties and countries.

Both sides agreed to facilitate high-level visits and contacts as well as expand the exchange of all-level delegations via the Party, State and mass organization channels to increase mutual understanding in fields of common demand.

They will effectively maintain regular dialogue and cooperation mechanisms, including deputy ministerial-level political consultation and the Inter-Governmental Committee on Economic, Scientific-Technological Cooperation, explore the possibility of mutually-beneficial collaboration in fields suitable to each side, expand cultural, arts, sports, and people-to-people exchanges, and hold activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties in 2020.

On regional and global issues, they pledged to work closely together at the UN and in the Non-Aligned Movement and the ASEAN Regional Forum, and to intensify the exchange of ideas on issues regarding the maintenance of peace and stability in the region.

The host lauded the efforts of the DPRK and the US at their second summit and hoped they would maintain dialogue to improve bilateral ties and contribute to peace, stability, cooperation, and development in the region.

Chairman Kim invited the Vietnamese leader to visit the DRPK at a time of his convenience. The latter thanked the guest and asked both sides’ agencies to discuss further via diplomatic channels.

During his visit, Chairman Kim also met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kin Ngan.

 Chairman Kim Jong-un laid a wreath at President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on the morning of March 2 (Photo: VNA)

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (L) met with Chairman Kim Jong-un on March 1 (PhotoL VNA)

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan (R) met with Chairman Kim on March 1 (Photo: VNA)

User comment (0)

Send comment