NDO/VNA – Authorised by President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son on July 27
Vietnam’s Friendship Order was presented to former Republic of Korea (RoK) Ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk to recognize his great contribution to the friendly and cooperative relations between Vietnam and the RoK.
The ceremony to present the Friendship Order to former RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk Photo: VNA
The Vietnamese Embassy in the Republic of Korea (RoK) held a ceremony on June 8 to present a Friendship Order to Lee Hyuk, who previously served as ambassador to Vietnam for his contributions to bilateral relations, reported VNA.
Approved by the State President, the honor is bestowed upon foreign individuals and collectives that have made substantial contributions to building, consolidating, and developing the friendship between Vietnam and other countries worldwide.
Attending the ceremony were representatives of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the ASEAN - Korea Center, and the RoK-Vietnam Friendship Association.
Addressing the ceremony, the Vietnamese Ambassador to the RoK Nguyen Vu Tung praised the work of the RoK diplomat in promoting economic, trade-investment, scientific-technological, and labor ties between the two countries during his tenure in Vietnam.
He particularly hailed his role in organizing activities to mark the 25th anniversary of bilateral foreign relations in 2019.
As Secretary-General of the ASEAN-Korea Centre during 2018-2021, Lee actively organized activities to enhance the RoK-Vietnam ties in the framework of ASEAN and RoK-ASEAN ties.
Tung expressed his wish that the former RoK ambassador would continue to contribute to strengthen the friendship between the two peoples and share his valuable experiences with successive generations of diplomats to continue preserving and promoting the friendship between the two countries further, especially in the context of the two countries preparing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of bilateral foreign relations in 2022.
For his part, Lee expressed his gratitude to the State of Vietnam and the embassy of Vietnam in RoK for awarding him the noble order. Although the history of diplomatic relations between the two countries is not long, the relationship between the two countries had had strong development, a miracle when the RoK became one of the largest investors in Vietnam. According to him, this rapid development is partly due to the similarity in culture and the two peoples' desire and aspiration.
He pledged to continue contributing to RoK-Vietnam relations in his various positions, including Vice Chairman of the RoK-Vietnam Friendship Association.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) received out-going RoK Ambassador to Vietnam, Lee Hyuk, in April 2018. Source: VNA
A framework agreement on 1.5 billion USD in official development assistance (ODA) between the two governments was signed by the Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung and RoK Ambassador to Vietnam Lee Hyuk in Hanoi in November 2017. Source: VNA