World leaders to visit this week

By: Lee Ji-hye

Key world-figures are to visit Seoul next week, starting tomorrow.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will arrive at Seoul Air Base Saturday afternoon for a two-day visit in Korea.

He will meet his counterpart Foreign Minister Yun Byeong-se to discuss North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and the development of US-ROK relations. According to the presidential office, Kerry will hold a meeting with President Park Geun-hye as well.

Kerry’s visit comes one year and three months since he last visited in February, 2014.

He will also be delivering a speech at Korea University at 4 p.m. on Monday.

On the same day, U.N Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is also to arrive in Seoul for a five-day trip until May 22.

Ban is scheduled to meet President Park, Foreign Minister Yun, and National Assembly Speaker Chung Ui-hwa.

The U.N. head will deliver the opening remarks for the World Education Forum to be held in Songdo, Incheon, and hold a joint press conference with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

Ban also plans to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will also visit Seoul for a two-day trip from Monday.


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