Top diplomats of S. Korea, Brunei discuss closer cooperation

SEOUL, The foreign ministers of South Korea and Brunei held talks in the capital of Brunei on Saturday to discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation and security issues involving the Korean Peninsula, the foreign ministry here said.

Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha remarked on the progress the two countries have built in their 35-year bilateral relationship in the meeting with her Bruneian counterpart, Erywan Yusof, in Bandar Seri Begawan.

She also expressed South Korea's intention to facilitate further cooperation, especially after Brunei was designated as the country coordinator for ASEAN-ROK dialogue relations last year.

Kang stressed boosting the countries' practical collaboration by creating synergy between South Korea's pro-Southeast Asia policy and Brunei's "Vision 2035" long-term economic development plan and asked for Brunei's support for Seoul's hosting of the 2019 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

The two sides also agreed to increase their cooperation over Seoul's efforts to completely denuclearize the Korean Peninsula and bring in a permanent peace, the ministry added.

Minister Erywan voiced support for the South Korean government's peace-building efforts and committed to continued cooperation.

Kang paid a courtesy call on Brunei's Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah and relayed a special greeting on behalf of President Moon Jae-in, the ministry said.

The sultan voiced his support for the South Korean peace-building efforts and closer cooperation between the two countries, especially over future-oriented growth, the ministry added.

Source: Yonhap news Agency

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