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Foreign Minister Park Jin has called for shared foreign policies and enhanced cooperation with five Central Asian countries as Seoul marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties with each of them.
During a meeting on Thursday with the ambassadors of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, Park said the Yoon Suk Yeol administration seeks to become a world leader that contributes to freedom, to peace and prosperity.
Stressing the importance of cooperation with Central Asia in the process of achieving such a goal, Park proposed expanding high-level exchanges and promoting mutual understanding between people on both sides.
The minister also sought Central Asian support for the southeastern port city of Busan’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo.
The ambassadors, for their part, congratulated Seoul on the successful launch of the Nuri space rocket, or KSLV-II, earlier this week. They also expressed gratitude for the Yoon government’s recognition of the importance of cooperating with the region.
On North Korea, the ambassadors endorsed Seoul’s efforts to ensure peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.