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Deputy FM discusses expanding cooperation in Latin America with mission chiefs

All News 16:16 May 27, 2020

SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Gunn held video talks on Wednesday with the chiefs of South Korean missions in four Latin American countries and discussed ways to enhance cooperation amid the coronavirus pandemic, the foreign ministry said.

During the videoconference with ambassadors to Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico, Kim said South Korea has successfully strengthened cooperation with the four countries in health-related fields to overcome the COVID-19, the ministry said in a release.

He called for the diplomatic missions to continue with such efforts so as to further develop the relationships with the countries in the post-pandemic era.

The talks also included discussions on ways to boost relations with the countries not only bilaterally but also within the framework of the Pacific Alliance, a regional trade bloc led by the four countries.

South Korea has been participating in the alliance as an observer since 2013 and seeking to become an associate member. As of last year, Korea's trade volume with the four countries accounted for 60 percent of its total trade in Latin America.

Deputy Foreign Minister Kim Gunn speaks during a videoconference in Seoul with chiefs of South Korean diplomatic missions in Chile, Peru, Colombia and Mexico, on May 27, 2020. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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