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South Korean president welcomed with 21-gun salute in Vietnam

South Korean president welcomed with 21-gun salute in Vietnam

Friday, June 23, 2023, 10:30 GMT+7
South Korean president welcomed with 21-gun salute in Vietnam
Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong (L) and his South Korean counterpart Yoon Suk Yeol (R) walk on a red carpet at the welcome ceremony in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnam fired a 21-gun salute to welcome South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Hanoi on Friday morning.

Vietnamese State President Vo Van Thuong chaired a welcome ceremony for his South Korean counterpart, who arrived in the capital city of Vietnam on Thursday to begin his first state visit of his tenure to the Southeast Asian country.

The ceremony was held at 9:00 am at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol was welcomed with a 21-gun salute. Photo: Tuan Huy / Tuoi Tre

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is welcomed with a 21-gun salute in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Tuan Huy / Tuoi Tre

Children wave the flags of Vietnam and South Korea to welcome the leader of the Eastern Asian nation. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Children wave the flags of Vietnam and South Korea to welcome South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese President Thuong and the Vietnamese first lady are pictured at the welcome ceremony for South Korea’s President Yoon Suk Yeol on June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and his spouse are pictured at the welcome ceremony for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

After the Vietnamese president and his spouse welcomed the South Korean president and first lady, the two leaders had talks.

The South Korean leader’s visit to Vietnam, which is the first Southeast Asian nation he has visited since taking office in May 2022, came a few months after Vietnam and South Korea upgraded their ties to a comprehensive strategic partnership in December last year.

Yoon is set to meet Vietnamese Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh, and National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue on Friday.

The top South Korean official and Prime Minister Chinh will also sit in on the Vietnam – South Korea Business Forum on Friday afternoon.

Over 200 South Korean firms are accompanying the Eastern Asian nation’s president during his trip to Vietnam.

Vietnam is South Korea’s third-largest trade partner, after the United States and China. The two nations aim for two-way trade of US$100 billion in 2023.

Last year, bilateral trade totaled $87 billion.

Meanwhile, South Korea is the biggest investor in Vietnam, with a value of $82 billion.

President Yoon affirmed that Vietnam is one of the lynchpins in South Korea’s Indian Ocean – Pacific Ocean development strategy.

The South Korean official appreciated Vietnam for its role as a coordinator of the ASEAN – South Korea ties, expecting his visit to elevate the relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership in 2024.

Vietnam and South Korea established diplomatic ties in 1992.

Vietnamese Party General Secretary Trong sent a congratulatory message to Yoon on winning the presidential election in March last year.

In June 2022, the two top officials had a phone talk after Yoon was sworn into office.

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong (R) and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (L) attend the welcome ceremony for the latter on June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong (R) and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol attend the welcome ceremony for the latter in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong (R) shakes hands with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (L). Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong (R) shakes hands with South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and his spouse Phan Thi Thanh Tam (right side) and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his spouse Kim Keon Hee (left side) pose for a photo. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong, his spouse Phan Thi Thanh Tam (R), South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (L, 2nd), and his spouse Kim Keon Hee pose for a photo in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre

Before the welcome ceremony, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and some high-ranking officials visited Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Before the welcome ceremony, South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and some high-ranking officials visited Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his spouse bend and pay their respects to late President Ho Chi Minh. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his spouse bend and pay their respects to late President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, June 23, 2023. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

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