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S. Korean president to visit India, Singapore next week

All News 14:00 July 02, 2018

SEOUL, July 2 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will embark on a two-nation Asia tour next week that will largely be aimed at enhancing his country's relations with its Asian neighbors, the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Monday.

The president will head for India on Sunday for a four-day state visit that will include a bilateral summit with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

"India is fast becoming a major power with the fastest growing economy in Asia. It is also a key nation for cooperation under the New Southern Policy that our government is actively pursuing," the spokesman told a press briefing.

"President Moon and Prime Minister Modi are expected to discuss ways to strengthen the countries' special strategic partnership and to further expand their future-oriented cooperation," he added.

The South Korean leader is also set to hold talks with Indian President Ram Nath Kovind before heading to Singapore on July 11.

Moon is also set to make a state visit to Singapore, the first of its kind since he took office in May 2017.

He will meet Singaporean President Halimah Yacob and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, according to the Cheong Wa Dae spokesman.

"Through his meeting with the president of Singapore and talks with the prime minister, President Moon will evaluate the result of cooperation between the two countries so far and discuss ways to enable future-oriented cooperation between the two countries based on such progress," he said.

President Moon will also offer a special lecture for Singapore's top opinion leaders on Seoul's efforts to denuclearize North Korea and establish lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Moon's trip to Singapore follows his two historic summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, held April 27 and May 26, as well as the meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.

"The president plans to explain the country's vision and policy for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the establishment of permanent peace, as well as its New Southern Policy that seeks to upgrade the country's cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations," the Cheong Wa Dae spokesman said.

Moon will return home next Friday.


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