On July 29, the South Korean Foreign Minister met with his Turkish counterpart, Hakan Fidan, in Ankara, the capital of Turkey. This head-to-head was aimed at strengthening the strategic partnership between the two countries in several sectors such as the defense industry, nuclear energy and infrastructure.
At the end of this meeting, during a press conference, Park Jin expressed the desire to maintain high-level bilateral exchanges, in particular by organizing summits, in order to consolidate their relationship, intensified following the meeting of NATO heads of state last year. The day before, the head of diplomacy had been received by Turkish President Erdogan, who expressed the wish for a visit by President Yoon Suk-yeol.
Furthermore, on the international scene, discussions focused on cooperation within the MIKTA Group (Mexico, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia). Park also addressed ongoing challenges with North Korea’s intercontinental ballistic missile launches, urging Turkey’s continued support.
Besides his statement at the conference, the head of diplomacy delivered a speech in Turkish and warmly congratulated the Republic of Turkey on its 100th anniversary. He also expressed his gratitude to the Eurasian country for its support during the Korean War. For his part, Fidan expressed his thanks for the humanitarian aid during the earthquake in February 2023. He also hailed South Korea for its election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). .
As part of his European tour, which began on July 26, Park is traveling to Italy today to discuss the expansion of economic cooperation, particularly in areas of the future such as space and aeronautics. .
This article is originally published on world.kbs.co.kr