Vietnam, S.Korea agree to strengthen economic, security ties

Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol have agreed to strengthen economic and security ties. They met on Tuesday in Seoul, where Chinh is on a four-day official visit.

Vietnam's State-run media say during the meeting Chinh called for South Korean companies to invest in the fields of semiconductors and artificial intelligence.

Yoon said he hopes the two countries will work together for freedom, peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region, underlining Seoul's stance to deepen ties in security.

South Korea is the largest direct foreign investor in Vietnam. More than 9,000 South Korean companies are operating in the country.

Chinh also met with top business people -- including the chairmen of Samsung Electronics and the Lotte Group. They promised to support future investment in Vietnam.