Aquino to visit South Korea in October-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
President Benigno Aquino III will embark on a state visit by mid-October this year in South Korea, his first since he assumed post three years ago, Malacanang said Friday.
Aside from South Korea, Aquino is expected to attend also the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Bali, Indonesia onOctober 6-8, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations summit on October 9-10.
The Chief Executive's trip to Seoul on October 17-18 was on the invitation of South Korean President Park Geun-hye, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a press briefing.
In the bilateral meeting of the two leaders, she said that they will discuss general areas of political issues, defense, economic and development cooperation "and there will be exchange of views on the pressing regional and international challenges that may be faced by both countries."
Aquino will also meet with the Korean business community to promote further trade and investment in the Philippines and interact with the Filipino community in Seoul, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said in a separate statement.
The Philippines and Republic of Korea established relations on March 3, 1949. During the Korean War in 1950, the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) joined the UN-led coalition in defending the freedom of the Korean people. Until today, both countries recognize this as the bedrock of Philippine-Korean relations.
The two countries developed dynamic economic relations. The Republic of Korea is among the Philippines’ leading partners in trade, investments and development cooperation. The Republic of Korea remains the country’s top source of tourists reaching more than a million in 2012 or nearly a quarter of total tourist arrivals to the Philippines. SDR