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S. Korean delegation meets with Brazilian foreign minister

All Headlines 14:18 January 03, 2019

SEOUL, Jan. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's government delegation attended the inauguration ceremony for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro this week and met separately with the country's new top diplomat, Seoul's foreign ministry said Thursday.

In the meeting with Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, Rep. Jeon Hae-cheol of the ruling Democratic Party conveyed President Moon Jae-in's message of hope for stronger cooperation between the two nations and early summit talks.

Rep. Jeon Hae-cheol (L), a South Korean special envoy, talks with Brazil's new foreign minister, Ernesto Araujo, in Brasilia on Jan. 1, 2019, in this photo provided by Seoul's foreign ministry. (Yonhap)

Jeon served as Moon's special envoy to the ceremony held in Brasilia on Tuesday, accompanied by Rep. Choi In-ho of the same party.

Jeon also requested Brazil's active role in efforts to reach a trade agreement between South Korea and MERCOSUR. The first round of negotiations took place in Uruguay in September.

The minister agreed to seek closer partnerships with South Korea, calling it a role model for his country's economic development, according to the ministry.

lcd@yna.co.kr
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