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Leaders of S. Korea, South Africa hold summit on bilateral ties

All Headlines 00:12 December 02, 2018

BUENOS AIRES, Dec. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and South Africa will work to expand their economic cooperation and trade, along with their people-to-people exchanges, their leaders agreed Saturday.

In a summit held on the sidelines of the Group of 20 meeting, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa, highlighted the long friendship between their countries formed by South Africa's participation in the Korean War.

"President Moon stressed the relationship between South Korea and South Africa, which was a participating nation in the Korean War and is our largest trading partner in Africa, and expressed hope to strengthen cooperation in various areas with South Africa, a political and economic leader in the African region," Moon's office Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.

"The two leaders noted the need to work together to expand the countries' trade and promote investment, and agreed to actively work to expand the countries' cultural and human exchanges," it added.

Moon expressed his gratitude to South Africa, which is currently serving as a rotating member of the United Nations Security Council, for supporting his efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.

President Ramaphosa highly evaluated President Moon and his government's efforts to create peace on the Korean Peninsula and said his country will continue to support their efforts to establish lasting peace, Cheong Wa Dae said.

The meeting marked the first South Korea-South Africa summit in six years.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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