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[Published: Wednesday June 29 2011]

 South Korean president to visit South Africa

Seoul, 29 Jun – (ANA) - President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok will visit the Republic of South Africa July 2-7, followed by state visits to the Democratic Republic of the Congo July 7-8 and the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia July 8-11.

While the Korean President is in South Africa, he will meet President Jacob Zuma in Durban. At the summit, the two leaders are expected to discuss ways to enhance substantive bilateral cooperation in promoting trade and investment and expanding collaboration in nuclear energy, minerals and other sectors related to energy and resources. They are also expected to exchange views on regional developments around the Korean Peninsula and in Africa and other key international issues, including the G20, climate change and development cooperation.

During his state visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, President Lee will hold a summit with President Joseph Kabila to discuss how to promote practical cooperation in energy, resources development, infrastructure construction projects, and agriculture. They are also expected to exchange views on ways to work together on the international stage.

 In Ethiopia, the President is scheduled to attend a summit with Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and discuss bilateral, substantive collaboration in projects where Korea can share its development experience, as well as in green growth, agriculture, the economy, trade, and resources. On top of this, the two leaders will exchange ideas on how to work together more closely in the international arena, including the situations on the Korean Peninsula and in Africa and collaboration on the G20 development agenda. (ANA)

FA/ANA/29 June 2011--------


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