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S. Korean foreign minister meets Saudi Arabian economy chief to discuss cooperation

Diplomacy 21:23 April 03, 2019

SEOUL, April 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's top diplomat held a meeting with Saudi Arabia's economy chief to discuss ways to boost cooperation between the two countries, Seoul's foreign ministry said Wednesday.

South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, the Saudi Arabian minister of economy and planning, in Seoul. She said that the two sides should closely work together so that their leaders can have summit talks in the future, to which Al-Tuwaijiri concurred.

The two ministers acknowledged that since South Korea and Saudi Arabia established diplomatic ties in 1962, their cooperation has diversified to a range of sectors. They agreed to discuss mutual cooperation in detail when officials from the two sides meet at the 19th Korea-Saudi Joint Committee meeting later in this year.

Al-Tuwaijri asked for South Korea's support for its "Saudi Vision 2030" plan, which is intended to reduce the kingdom's dependence on oil and develop other industrial sectors. Kang said South Korea supports the Arab nation's efforts for change, adding that the South Korean government and companies will be ready to contribute.

South Korea's foreign minister Kang Kyung-wha (R) shakes hands with Mohammad Al-Tuwaijri, the Saudi Arabian minister of economy and planning, ahead of their meeting in Seoul on April 3, 2019. (Yonhap)

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