Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Kang Kyung-wha (R) meets ASEAN chief Lim Jock Hoi (Source: VNA)

Seoul (VNA) – Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea (RoK) Kang Kyung-wha met ASEAN chief Lim Jock Hoi in Seoul on September 17 to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN members in implementing the country’s New Southern Policy.

Minister Kang asked for the Secretary-General’s active role in strengthening the RoK-ASEAN partnership as well as cooperation from the ASEAN Secretariat on fostering cooperation among ASEAN members in order to see more cooperation in transport, water resources, energy, and information technology.

The RoK minister expressed her hope for close cooperation with ASEAN member countries to successfully organise the ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit that will be held in the RoK next year.

ASEAN Secretary-General Lim, for his part, spoke highly of the RoK government’s commitment to elevating its relations with ASEAN to a much higher level through the New Southern Policy.

He expressed his hope that the two sides will hold the ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit successfully, and further step up cooperation in people-to-people exchanges, trade, investment, and IT.  

The ASEAN chief also took note of the positive changes in the situation on the Korean Peninsula this year, and hoped that many accomplishments would be attained at the inter-Korean summit to be held on September 18.-VNA