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S. Korea, Central Asian nations to launch secretariat

South Korea and Central Asian countries will launch a secretariat next year to improve ties, an official here said Thursday.

The initiative will be included in the Seoul Declaration to be issued at the end of the 9th South Korea-Central Asia Forum, which opens Monday, according to the official who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The forum will involve vice foreign ministerial officials from South Korea, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. (Yonhap)