S Korean senior diplomat to visit four African countries

15:51, January 04, 2010      

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South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Shin Gak-soo will visit Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Africa, Ghana and Kenya in a ten-day trip starting Wednesday as part of efforts to bolster ties with the African countries, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said Monday.

Shin will meet with foreign ministry officials in the DRC to discuss developing natural resources and participating in infrastructure-building projects, the ministry said in a briefing.

In South Africa, Shin plans to discuss cooperation measures with authorities there on the 2010 football World Cup to be held in South Africa and the G20 summit, according to the ministry.

Shin will also meet with Ghana's Vice President to discuss infrastructure-building and cooperation on development. In his last stop in Kenya, Shin is expected to meet with foreign ministry officials and discuss measures to deal with food crisis in the East African country.

The visit follows President Lee Myung-bak's vow in a televised speech on Monday to focus efforts on strengthening diplomatic ties with African countries, which the presidential spokesman said showed his will to broaden the country's diplomatic scope.

The president might visit African countries in July or August, according to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

Source: Xinhua
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