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Foreign ministers of S. Korea, Bulgaria to meet in Sofia next week

All News 15:49 June 09, 2016

SEOUL, June 9 (Yonhap) -- The foreign ministers of South Korea and Bulgaria will meet in Sofia next week to discuss bilateral ties and coordinate their policies on North Korea, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.

South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se will travel to the Bulgarian capital on Tuesday for a two-day trip, during which he plans to hold talks with his Bulgarian counterpart Daniel Mitov, according to ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck.

It will be the first visit to Bulgaria by a South Korean foreign minister since the two sides established diplomatic ties in 1990.

"(The ministers) plan to review follow-up steps to the bilateral summit held in Seoul in May 2015 and discuss ways to increase practical cooperation, coordination on North Korea and cooperation on the international stage," Cho said during a regular press briefing.

"North Korea's presence in Bulgaria is thought to be considerable," he added. "They have a large embassy there. So from the perspective of coordination on North Korea, Minister Yun's visit will be important."

South Korea has been reaching out to countries close to North Korea, including Iran, Uganda and Cuba, as part of efforts to pressure the regime in Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons development.

Yun will travel to Sofia from St. Petersburg, Russia, where he is scheduled to attend a bilateral conference and visit a Hyundai Motor car plant after talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

hague@yna.co.kr
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