South Korea strengthens ties with ASEAN member states
The foreign minister of South Korea met with representatives of ASEAN member states including Brunei, Laos, and Thailand to discuss expanding partnerships. All participants agreed that South Korea’s increase in development cooperation to ASEAN member states has been substantially helpful for the sustainable development of the region. Support for the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity 2025, participation in ASEAN Smart Cities Network, and support to small-medium enterprises in ASEAN countries were highlighted as beneficial initiatives.
South Korea and Laos have agreed to continue cooperation in areas of water resource control, agriculture and rural development, and health and medical care. The South Korean government will hold the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit and the 1st Mekong-ROK Summit in November this year and will consult closely with ASEAN to generate tangible outcomes and build sustainable partnership mechanism along the way.