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Leaders of S. Korea, Costa Rica to hold summit in Seoul

All News 07:00 October 12, 2016

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Yonhap) -- The leaders of South Korea and Costa Rica will hold a summit in Seoul on Wednesday to discuss ways to strengthen their long-standing cooperative ties, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her Costa Rican counterpart Luis Guillermo Solis will exchange their views over the two countries' "practical" cooperation in trade, science and technology, infrastructure development and other areas, the presidential office said.

Solis began his official five-day visit to South Korea on Monday.

During the summit, the two leaders are also expected to take stock of the evolution of the bilateral relations, which were forged in 1962, and discuss joint efforts to pressure North Korea into renouncing its nuclear ambitions, Park's aides said.

Following the summit, the two sides will hold a ceremony to ink a set of memorandums of understanding over bilateral cooperation.

Bilateral trade reached US$394 million last year with South Korea exporting steel, cars and other items to Costa Rica and importing products like coffee and medical device parts.

This photo, taken on Oct. 11, 2016, shows President Park Geun-hye speaking during a Cabinet meeting at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul. (Yonhap)

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