Leaders of S. Korea, Turkey to hold summit on bilateral ties, cooperation

SEOUL, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey are set to hold a bilateral summit Wednesday to discuss ways to further improve the countries' relationship and boost economic cooperation.

The meeting will be held at the South Korean presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae, following a welcoming ceremony for Erdogan, who is in the country on a state visit.

"President Moon and President Erdogan will review the development of the countries' strategic partnership and hold discussions on ways to further increase their mutual cooperation in trade and other areas," Cheong Wa Dae vice spokesperson Ko Min-jung said earlier.

The countries established diplomatic ties in 1957. Their bilateral relationship was upgraded to a strategic partnership in 2012.

The Moon-Erdogan summit follows Moon's historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in which the leaders of the two Koreas agreed to seek ways to formally end the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korea often refers to Turkey as a nation of brothers after the Eurasian nation sent troops to help defend the country in the Korean War.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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