Aquino off to Korea for 2-day state visit


President Benigno Aquino 3rd left early morning Thursday for his two-day state visit in South Korea.

In his departure speech, President Aquino said that he expects to bring positive opportunities from his Korea trip.

He also promised to lure more investors from South Korea and explore other areas of cooperation between the two nations.

Aquino is set to meet with President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House to strengthen the economic and security ties of the two countries.

The president, who will be the first leader to make a state visit to Korea since Park assumed presidency last February, is also set to meet
with Korean businessmen and Filipino community.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, Aquino is expected to hold summit talks with President Park on bilateral issues such as
political dialogue, defense cooperation, trade and investments relations, official development assistance, consular and labor cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.

A defense cooperation accord will also be signed by the two nations during Aquino’s visit.

The President is expected to be back before midnight Friday. CATHERINE S. VALENTE


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