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DPRK-Vietnam Expand Agricultural Cooperation

Chairman of the Union of Agricultural Workers of Korea, Ri Myang Gil (L) meets with CPV Central Committee Secretary and Head of the CPV Mass Mobilization Commission Hà Thi Khiêt (R) on 24 October 2012 (Photo: An Dang, Vietnam News Agency)

Vietnamese state media reported on 24 October (Wednesday) that Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Secretary and Chair of the CPV’s Mass Mobilization Commission, Hà Thi Khiêt, met with a DPRK delegation led by Ri Myang Kil, Chairman of the Union of Agricultural Workers’ of Korea [UAWK] Central Committee.  According to VNA, Ri  “expressed his delight at achievements Vietnam has gained during its renewal under the leadership of the Party, saying he hopes that the country will gain further success” and  “highly valued the traditional relationship between the two Parties, States and peoples which has been increasingly developed and affirmed DPRK’s constant policy of strengthening ties with Vietnam.”  Ri briefed Khiêt “on the political and socio-economic situation” in the DPRK.

Khiêt “underscored the traditional ties between the two countries, highly valuing the fine cooperation between the Vietnam Farmers Association [VFA] and the Union of Agricultural Workers of the DPRK” and “urged the two sides to promote exchanges of experience in developing agriculture and building new models of rural areas, focusing on farmers.”  She also said that the increased contacts, exchanges and interactions between the VFA an the UAWK “will contribute to deepening the traditional ties between the two countries.”

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