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White House: Obama to welcome Park any time

All Headlines 16:48 June 10, 2015

By Lee Chi-dong

SEOUL, June 10 (Yonhap) -- U.S. President Barack Obama is willing to host a summit with President Park Geun-hye "at a mutually convenient time," the White House said Wednesday, responding to Park's decision to put off a planned trip to Washington.

Park has postponed the visit, originally scheduled for next week, to focus on dealing with the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome here, a viral disease that has killed nine South Koreans, Cheong Wa Dae said earlier in the day.

"President Obama looks forward to welcoming President Park to the White House at a mutually convenient time in the future to discuss the U.S.-Korea alliance and the critical role it plays in assuring regional stability and security," said White House National Security Council spokesman Alistair Baskey, according to the U.S. Embassy in Seoul.

He added that the U.S. is trying to cooperate with South Korea in its fight against MERS.

"As just one example of this partnership, the United States is working closely with our Korean partners to support their response to the MERS cases in South Korea," he said.

Park's aides said the president will reschedule her visit to Washington as early as possible but it's premature to talk about a new date.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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