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October 29, 2007

Vietnam, DPRK agree to foster bilateral ties

Vietnam and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) have agreed to step up their traditional friendship and cooperation, Vietnam News Agency reported Saturday.

During their talks on Saturday, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his DPRK counterpart Kim Yong Il, who is paying an official visit to Vietnam on Oct. 26-30, affirmed their determination to keep on beefing up bilateral relations for the interest of the two peoples and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the Asia-Pacific region and the world at large.

They also agreed to strengthen the exchange of visits and reached a consensus on various measures to broaden and deepen bilateral cooperative relations.

The Inter-Governmental Committee on Economic, Scientific and Technological Cooperation is asked to be more active, while trade, science, technology, culture, education, healthcare 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.

On Saturday, the two prime ministers witnessed the signing of memorandums of understanding on culture, arts, science and education exchanges between the two governments in the 2008-2010 period, and on scientific and technical cooperation between the two agriculture ministries.

During the talks, Dung affirmed that Vietnam consistently advocates the DPRK's policy of self-reliance, peace and national unification and that Vietnam 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.

Kim Jong Il thanked the Vietnamese party, government and people for their help during the DPRK's national unification and socialist construction cause over the past years.

Also on Saturday, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nong Duc Manh met with Kim Yong Il, saying that he was satisfied that relations between the two parties, states and people of Vietnam and the DPRK have been developing.

For his part, Kim Yong Il said the DPRK attached importance to further promoting friendship and cooperation with Vietnam. He said Manh's visit to the DPRK contributed to bringing the traditional relations between the two countries to a new height.

Courtesy Xinhua


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