North Korean leader Kim Jong Un left Hanoi on Saturday morning, wrapping up his official friendship visit to Vietnam and his stay to attend his second summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in the Vietnamese capital.
Vietnam held a welcome ceremony for Kim, who is chairman of the Workers’ Party and the State Affairs Commission of North Korea, on Friday afternoon.
Following the ceremony, Chairman Kim held talks with Vietnam's Party chief and State President Nguyen Phu Trong, before having meetings Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and chairwoman of the lawmaking National Assembly Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.
During their talks, President Trong affirmed that Kim’s visit is an important new milestone in the history of the two countries’ relations, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
The March 1-2 visit also offers a good chance for the leaders to inform each other of their respective country’s situation and exchange notes on how to develop the bilateral ties, as well as on regional and international issues of shared concern.
|North Korean leader Kim Jong Un pays tribute to late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi, March 2, 2019. Photo: Quang Minh / Tuoi Tre|
Prior to his departure, the North Korean leader on Saturday morning paid tribute to late Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum and laid a wreath at the Monument to Heroic Martyrs.
He was scheduled to leave Vietnam on train at Dong Dang station in the northern mountainous province of Lang Son to return home.
The second U.S.-North Korea Summit took place in Hanoi on February 27-28, during which a number of issues were discussed, but no deal was reached.
Kim is the first North Korean leader to have paid an official visit to Vietnam after 55 years. North Korea’s founder Kim Il Sung visited Vietnam in 1958 and 1964.
Vietnam and North Korea established diplomatic ties on January 31, 1950. Their traditional friendship, nurtured by late President Ho Chi Minh and leader Kim Il Sung, has been continuously consolidated and grown over the decades, according to the Vietnam News Agency.