Manlia promises better security environment for S. Koreans

16:15, August 30, 2010      

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The Philippines vowed to ensure better protection measures for South Koreans living in the country during South Korean foreign minister's visit to Manila last week, the foreign ministry in Seoul said Monday.

Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan paid an official three-day visit to the Philippines amid rising concern over safety of South Korean nationals there. A South Korean pastor was recently killed in an armed robbery, and eight Hong Kong tourists were killed in a hostage crisis.

In his separate meetings with Filipino President Beningo Aquino III and Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto G. Romulo, Yu asked them to take more active measures to guarantee security of South Koreans in the Philippines.

Aquino said he will instruct the police chief in Manila to take protection measures, and Romulo also pledged "best efforts" for greater security for South Koreans, the ministry said in a statement.

Some 120,000 South Koreans live in the Southeast Asian country, forming the largest South Korean community in the region.

Source: Xinhua


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