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S. Korea, Japan, China to boost ties on Africa

By KH디지털2

Published : Sept. 14, 2015 - 11:35

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Senior officials from South Korea, Japan and China will meet this week to discuss ways to promote trilateral cooperation in Africa affairs, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Monday.

The Trilateral Policy Dialogue on African Affairs will be held in Beijing on Tuesday, nearly four years after the last session was held in December 2011, the ministry said in a press release.

The three countries' foreign ministers agreed during a trilateral meeting in March to revive the forum that was launched under an agreement among their leaders in November 2007. Through the conference, the East Asian neighbors seek to share information on Africa, help the continent's sustainable development, and establish peace and security there.

"This year's Trilateral Policy Dialogue on African Affairs is expected to contribute to strengthening the three countries' cooperative relations and build confidence among them through increased mutual understanding of each other's policies on Africa," the ministry said.

South Korea will be represented at the talks by Kwon Hee-seog, director-general of the ministry's Africa and Middle East affairs bureau, while Japan will be led by his counterpart, Norio Maruyama, and China by their counterpart, Lin Songtian. (Yonhap)