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2012/05/24 14:38 KST
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Swedish king to visit S. Korea next week

SEOUL, May 24 (Yonhap) -- Sweden's King Carl XVI Gustaf will make his first state visit to South Korea next week for talks with President Lee Myung-bak and other events expected to further bolster relations between the two countries, the presidential office said Thursday.

   The king and Queen Silvia will arrive on Tuesday for a four-day visit that also includes tours to the truce village of Panmunjom on the border with North Korea and to the World Expo under way in the southwestern port city of Yeosu, the office said in a statement.

   The king has visited South Korea five times before, but next week's trip will be his first state visit.

   He also plans to attend a science symposium organized jointly by the Korean Academy of Science and Technology and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, and an economic forum hosted jointly by major business organizations of the two countries.

   Lee made a state visit to Sweden in 2009.

   The upcoming visit is expected to serve as a chance to solidify traditional friendly relations and expand substantial cooperation in economy, science, green growth and other areas between the two countries, the office said.

   jschang@yna.co.kr
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