S. Korean foreign minister begins trip to Philippines

August 26, 2010 11:23 am 

SEOUL, Aug. 26 — South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan left for the Philippines Thursday for cooperation talks expected to include ways to protect Koreans living in the Southeast Asian nation from crimes.

Yu plans to meet with his counterpart, Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo, on Friday for discussions on improving bilateral relations and boosting safety measures for South Koreans staying in the country, officials said.

His three-day trip came days after a South Korean pastor was killed in an armed robbery and eight Hong Kong tourists died in a hostage standoff in Manila. About 115,000 South Koreans live in the Philippines, making them the largest Korean community in Southeast Asia.

Also Friday, Yu plans to pay a courtesy call on Philippine President Benigno Aquino III to congratulate him on the inauguration of the new administration and discuss ways to improve cooperation between the two countries, officials said.

Yu's trip also includes meetings with legislative leaders, including Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, the opening ceremony of South Korea's new embassy building and a meeting with Korean business leaders and residents there. (PNA/Yonhap)



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