S. Korea, Libya Discuss Economic Cooperation

The foreign minister of South Korea, Kim Sung-hwan, met his Libyan counterpart, Ashour Bin Khayal, in Seoul on Tuesday to discuss enhancing bilateral relations, as Seoul seeks to increase its post-war reconstruction role in the North African country, according to a report from Yonhap News Agency.

The ministers discussed Korea's efforts to support Libya's reconstruction, and Libya's support of the Korean companies operating in the country.

Khayal arrived in Seoul on Sunday for a four-day visit and his choice of South Korea as his first destination in Northeast Asia since the end of the war "demonstrates the strong cooperative relations between the two countries," an official said.

The Libyan minister served as the country's first ambassador to South Korea from 1981 to 1984, according to the ministry.

In Seoul, Khayal also met with Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik, senior officials at the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs as well as business executives of the International Contractors Association of Korea.

(Source: Yonhap)

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