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S. Korean PM heads to Hanoi to attend funeral for late leader

All Headlines 18:52 September 25, 2018

SEOUL, Sept. 25 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's prime minister on Tuesday departed for Hanoi to attend the state funeral for a late Vietnamese leader, his office said.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who left Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, will attend the funeral for former Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang, who died last week at age 61. The funeral is slated for Wednesday.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who met with Quang in November last year and in March, both times in Vietnam, earlier wrote in a Facebook message that Quang was his "friend and partner."

Lee will return home late Wednesday.

With Moon currently in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, the presidential office said the government will take a close look at overall affairs amid the absence of both Moon and Lee at home.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon departs for Hanoi from Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, just south of Seoul, on Sept. 25, 2018, to attend the state funeral for a late Vietnamese leader. (Yonhap)

colin@yna.co.kr
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