S. Korea, Indonesia to hold foreign ministerial talks next week

kang_kyung-wha_in_july_2017_croppedSouth Korea’s top diplomat, Kang Kyung-wha, plans to visit Jakarta next week for talks with her counterpart on ways to beef up cooperation between the two sides, her ministry said Thursday. During the two-day trip there from Sunday, Kang is scheduled to have a joint committee meeting with Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. It would be the third of its kind. Their consultations will be based on the results of President Moon Jae-in’s state visit to the Southeast Asian country in November 2017 and Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s state visit to Seoul in September last year, according to the ministry’s spokesman Kim In-chul.


“The ministers plan to discuss ways to strengthen substantive cooperation between the two nations and exchange opinions on the Korean Peninsula and regional security conditions and South Korea-ASEAN cooperation,” he said at a press briefing. Kang’s trip is expected to serve as a chance for the government to secure continued partnerships and support from Indonesia for the New Southern Policy and bolster strategic communication between the two sides with a bilateral “strategic partnership,” he added.


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