In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency, the official said during a recent meeting, he and his Vietnamese counterpart Nguyen Van Hung discussed issues related to the celebration of the 30th founding anniversary of the countries’ diplomatic ties and signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation.
He said as both countries love sports, the two sides have considered exchanges in different sports such as female football and golf to mark the 30th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. Notably, they agreed to organise festivals, including a Korean lantern festival in Vietnam and a Vietnamese culture and tourism week in the RoK, on this occasion.
The minister expressed his hope that the 30th anniversary will be a chance for the countries to learn more about each other’s history and culture, thereby creating an environment in which they can explore new cooperation fields such as sports and music.
Both Vietnam and the RoK hold great potential and enthusiasm, so the prospect of bilateral cooperation is considerable, Hwang Hee went on, noting that cultural exchange has an important role to play in helping create the foundation and momentum for sustainable development.
According to him, the two sides share many cultural similarities, with the Vietnamese and Korean peoples familiar to each other’s cultures. The Korean Cultural Centre in Vietnam, established in November 2006, is the first in Southeast Asia and has been acting as a cultural ambassador between the two countries.
The RoK will also exert efforts to introduce the Vietnamese culture to its people, the minister added.