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S. Korea set to send special envoy to Russia: Cheong Wa DaeBy Yonhap
Published : Dec. 11, 2020 - 11:05
Woo Yoon-keun, a former three-term ruling Democratic Party lawmaker, is scheduled to visit Russia on Sunday for a week in his capacity as President Moon Jae-in's special envoy.
Woo, who served as ambassador to Russia from 2017-2019, is scheduled to meet with senior officials of Russia's government and parliament in order to convey the Moon administration's "firm will" to improve Seoul-Moscow ties, Moon's office said.
The two sides plan to discuss how to promote the exchange of high-level visits and consultations, it added. President Vladimir Putin's planned trip here has been delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
"Also (the envoy) will request Russia's constructive role and continued cooperation for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishment of permanent peace," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok said.
The dispatch of the envoy is expected to help the two nations maintain the momentum of progress in their relations and reaffirm a commitment to strategic communication for regional peace on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of forging formal diplomatic ties in the midst of limited face-to-face diplomatic activities attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kang said.
Woo is said to be among the candidates to become Moon's new chief of staff. (Yonhap)
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