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PM Lee to visit Austria, Ireland next week

2018/05/18 10:55

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SEOUL, May 18 (Yonhap) -- Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will make a weeklong trip to Austria and Ireland next week for talks with the countries' leaders about ways to enhance bilateral relations and economic cooperation, his office said Friday.

Lee's visit to Austria from May 24-26 will make him the first South Korean prime minister to visit the European nation in 14 years. During the visit, Lee will pay a visit to President Alexander van der Bellen and hold talks with Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz.

The two leaders plan to discuss ways to promote trade and investment between the two countries and enhance mutually beneficial cooperation in areas such as basic science, research and development to create future engines for economic growth, the office said.

Lee also plans to hold meetings with the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the executive secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO). He will also meet with Korean residents and business people staying there.

Lee will then head to Ireland on May 27 for a three-day visit, the first by South Korea's prime minister in 28 years. The visit includes a meeting with President Michael D. Higgins and talks with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar. Meetings with parliamentary leaders are also scheduled.

During talks with Varadkar, Lee plans to discuss ways to bolster trade and investment between the two countries and enhance cooperation in education areas. They also plan to discuss enhancing youth exchanges through a "working holiday" pact and other measures, the office said.

Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (Yonhap) Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (Yonhap)