S. Korea, Pacific countries to work together on development, climate issues

16:30, May 31, 2011      

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South Korea's top diplomat met here on Tuesday with his counterparts from Pacific island countries for a forum aimed at discussing cooperation on development and environmental issues.

The inaugural meeting brought together South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung-hwan and 14 foreign ministers from countries including Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the Republic of Palau, who agreed to expand cooperation on achieving sustainable growth of Pacific island countries, according to South Korea's foreign ministry.

South Korea pledged to continue its contribution to the economic development of the island countries by expanding trade and investment in fisheries, marine resources, energy and tourism, according to a joint statement adopted at the meeting.

The ministers also agreed to work together on climate issues and energy security and hold the meeting every three years, according to the statement.

The meeting will help improve South Korea's diplomatic standing in the international arena by fostering ties with Pacific island countries, said the foreign ministry.

Source: Xinhua
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