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S. Korea, EU agree to continue developing FTA

All News 19:15 July 24, 2016

CHENGDU, China, July 24 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's finance minister said Sunday a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) should be further developed despite Britain's recent exit from the world's biggest economic bloc.

"The South Korea-EU FTA should continue to develop despite Brexit," Finance Minister Yoo Il-ho said. The free trade deal between South Korea and the EU went into effect in 2011.

South Korea's top economy policy maker made the remarks during the talks with EU commissioner for economic affairs Pierre Moscovici on the sidelines of the Group of 20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu.

Last month, Britons supported the proposal to leave the EU by a small margin. The exit is expected to take at least two years.

Yoo also said "bilateral trade and investment were developed through the South Korea-EU FTA."

Yoo and Moscovici shared the view that South Korea and Slovakia should strengthen economic ties as the eastern European nation wishes to attract further foreign investment.
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