S. Korea's Lee to make African trip with eye on hosting 2018 Olympics

16:53, June 30, 2011      

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South Korean President Lee Myung-bak is set to visit three African countries in a trip focused on throwing his weight behind South Korea's bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, the foreign ministry here said Thursday.

In Durban, South Africa, Lee is scheduled to give a presentation promoting the South Korean alpine town of PyeongChang, a candidate city competing with Munich of Germany and Annecy of France, before the International Olympic Committee votes on the host city on July 6.

PyeongChang's two previous such bids had failed.

During his six-day South African trip starting Saturday, the president will also meet with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma to discuss expanding bilateral cooperation in the energy and resource sectors.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, his next stop, Lee is scheduled to meet with President Joseph Kabila over boosting cooperation on natural resources and infrastructure-building.

The president will then head to Ethiopia on July 8 to sit down with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi over development issues. He is to return home on July 11.

Source: Xinhua
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