S. Korea to host ARF meetings on disaster relief, disarmament in Seoul this week

SEOUL, South Korea will host the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) meetings on disaster relief and disarmament this week in Seoul, the foreign ministry here said Tuesday.

The 17th Inter-Sessional Meeting on Disaster Relief is slated for Wednesday and the 10th Inter-Sessional Meeting on Non-Proliferation and Disarmament is scheduled to last from Thursday to Friday, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

It is the first time the two meetings under the ASEAN Regional Forum are held in South Korea. The country has been co-chairing the ASEAN meetings since 2017.

The Wednesday meeting on disaster relief will bring together some 80 officials from ARF member nations and international organizations to discuss regional cooperation on managing the aftermath of disasters and capacity building for reducing risks of disasters, the ministry noted.

The other two-day meeting will delve into the current conditions of regional nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament as well as cooperation on reducing the risks of weapons of mass destruction and peaceful use of nuclear energy.

The results of the forthcoming meetings will be reported to the ARF's high-level gathering in June and then to its foreign ministers' meeting in July, the ministry also said.

"South Korea's assumption of the (co) chairmanship of both of the meetings contributes to the strengthening of its relationship with ASEAN and is also expected to enhance the status of the country's diplomacy by helping it lead regional discussion on traditional security issues as well as non-security issues," according to the ministry.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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