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South Korea’s Foreign Minister Park Jin speaks during his inauguration ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, on May 12, 2022. — Picture by REUTERS

South Korea’s top diplomat holds talks with Malaysian, Indonesian counterparts at APEC

SEOUL, Nov 18 — South Korea’s Foreign Minister held a series of talks with his Malaysian and Indonesian counterparts in San Francisco this week and requested their countries’ support for South Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo, his office said today.

Park Jin made the request during separate meetings with Malaysian Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir and Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Tuesday (November 14) on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meeting.

During his talks with Zambry, Park also requested support from Malaysia in efforts to elevate relations between South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year to a “comprehensive strategic partnership,” reported Yonhap News Agency, citing Seoul’s Foreign Ministry.

The two sides also agreed to further strengthen economic cooperation in supply chains and other areas by making efforts to sign a bilateral free trade agreement.

During his discussion with Retno, Park requested Jakarta’s commitment to the completion of the joint KF-21 fighter jet development project amid concerns over Jakarta’s overdue payments in the project, currently estimated to be around one trillion won (RM3.6 billion).

Indonesia has agreed to shoulder around 20 per cent of the project’s cost of 8.1 trillion won (RM29.1 billion) through 2026.

— Bernama

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