Vietnamese PM’s activities at Nuclear Security Summit (photo)
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VietNamNet Bridge – Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, his wife and the Vietnamese delegation arrived in Seoul, the Republic of Korea (RoK) on March 26 to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.
PM Dung and his wife, Mrs. Tran Thanh Kiem, wave their hands at
the Seongnam Airport, Seoul yesterday. PM Dung and his wife walked on the red carpet and were welcomed by the guard of honor. PM Dung was warmly welcomed in Seoul to participate in the Nuclear Security Summit on
March 26-27. After that, he will pay an official visit to the RoK from March 27 to 29. Staff of the Vietnamese Embassy in Seoul welcomed the PM and his wife. South Korean President Lee Myung-bak shook hands with PM Dung at
the welcome ceremony at the Coex Center in Seoul, before
the second Nuclear Security Summit. This is Dung’s third visit to the RoK and the first political event in the Vietnam-RoK Friendship
Year 2012, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties.
The RoK is Vietnam’s fourth largest trade partner, with two-way trade last year reaching
nearly US$17.9 billion, an increase of 39 percent against 2010. Both countries are striving
to raise bilateral trade to US$20 billion in 2015. The RoK is also one of Vietnam’s biggest
foreign investors, pouring a total of approximately US$23 billion into projects in the country.
The RoK is the second largest provider of OD) to Vietnam after Japan. In 2011 it considered the
Southeast Asian nation a model in ODA provision, focusing on green growth, human
resources training and infrastructure construction. On the sideline of the summit, PM Dung met with his French counterpart Francois Fillon (photo),
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle and Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal. Wives of world top leaders took photos before the evening banquet. PM’s Dung wife
Tran Thanh Kiem ranked fourth from the right (second row).
PM Dung and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera at the plenary session this morning.