South Korean President to arrive in Brunei on Sunday

|     James Kon     |

SOUTH Korean President Moon Jae-in (pic BELOW) will be making a state visit to Brunei Darussalam from March 10-12, the first destination of his first overseas trip of 2019.

After the state visit to Brunei, President Moon will head to Malaysia and Cambodia. According to the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website, President Moon’s ASEAN itinerary begins with a visit to Brunei where he will hold a summit with His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.

The President will also consult with Brunei, the current Country Coordinator for ASEAN-Korea Dialogue Relations, to enhance Korea-ASEAN cooperation in part through the successful hosting of the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (RoK) Commemorative Summit.

From March 12-14, the President will visit Malaysia where he will sit down with Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad to review the progress made thus far in ties between Malaysia and Korea in the run-up to the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year.

They will also discuss concrete measures to strengthen cooperation.

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For the last leg of his trip, President Moon will make a visit to Cambodia from March 14-16 and meet King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen to exchange ideas on how to expand substantive cooperation for the two countries’ mutual prosperity.

Brunei, Malaysia and Cambodia are important partners of the New Southern Policy, one of the top priorities of the Korean Government. President Moon’s visits are expected to strengthen substantive, friendly and cooperative relations at a bilateral level between the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the countries visited.

The visits in addition will likely help create the foundation for a people-centred community of peace and prosperity in their respective regions in cooperation with ASEAN, a lynchpin of the New Southern Policy.

It is also expected to reinforce the basis of cooperation for the successful hosting of the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit, which will be held in Korea in the latter half of the year.