Foreign Minister To Visit S. Korea Today

BAGHDAD / Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari will head on Sunday to Seoul in four-day visit at the invitation of his South Korean counterpart.

South Korean Foreign Ministry said today, "al-Jaafari and his counterpart will discuss, next Tuesday, a series of bilateral and regional issues, including the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the Middle East.

It added that the two sides are planning in the wake of the ministerial talks for the signing of a memorandum of understanding on strengthening bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the diplomatic training and joint research projects.

It noted that "it is expected that the Minister Jaafari, during his stay in Korea, will pay a courtesy visit to Prime Minister Hwang Kyu Ahn, and Deputy Speaker of Parliament J. Shim Chul along with a meeting with the leaders of Korean companies.

The statement said Iraq is the fifth-largest partner of South Korea in terms of oil imports after Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE and Qatar.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency