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(LEAD) S. Korean president arrives in Turkmenistan on state visit

Politics 22:39 April 16, 2019

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ASHGABAT, April 16 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Turkmenistan to begin his three-day state visit on Tuesday, marking the start of his three-nation tour that will later take him to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Moon's trip here is the first of its kind to the region since he took office in May 2017.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, wave after arriving in Turkmenistan on April 16, 2019, for a three-day state visit that will include a summit with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. (Yonhap)

The South Korean president will hold a summit with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow to discuss ways to enhance the countries' bilateral relationship and boost their cooperation, Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said.

The leaders are widely expected to discuss ways to enhance their countries' energy cooperation as Turkmenistan has the world's fourth-largest reserves of natural gas, according to Cheong Wa Dae.

"The visit to Turkmenistan marks the second of its kind by a South Korean head of state, and is expected to be a chance to open the possibility of cooperation in various areas, including energy, transportation, logistics and infrastructure, as well as health and medical and ICT sectors, while also promoting the advance of our companies to resource-rich Turkmenistan," it said.

During his stay here, Moon will also visit a petrochemical plant in Kiyanly, the first of its kind in Turkmenistan that was built by an international consortium led by South Korea's Hyundai Engineering Co.

The South Korean leader will head to Uzbekistan on Thursday.


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