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South Korean President to Visit Ethiopia


President Park Geun-hye, the 11th President of South Korea, will visit three African countries and France this month, Cheong Wa Dae announced, Thursday.

“President Park is scheduled to travel to Ethiopia from May 25 to 28, Uganda from May 28 to 30, and Kenya from May 30 to June 1 and after then, she will make a state visit to France from June 1 to 4,” the presidential office said in a release.

In Africa, Park Geun-hye will hold talks with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to discuss ways to boost bilateral relations and other topics of mutual interest.

In addition, she plans to attend a meeting with representatives of Korean residents there and a business forum in their respective countries.

While in Ethiopia, the President will also visit the headquarters of the African Union (AU), where she plans to deliver a speech about Korea’s policy vision toward Africa and meet with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairman of the AU Commission.

She will be the first Korean president to visit the headquarters of the organization, comprised of 54 nations, the statement said.

“President Park’s visit to the African countries is expected to strengthen mutual cooperation with them and pave the way for Korean companies to enter their markets,” Park’s office said.

In France, Park plans to sit down with her French counterpart Francois Hollande for their fourth summit.

They are expected to talk about how to strengthen partnership in many areas, including creative economy, culture, education and tourism as well as global issues such as North Korea’s nuclear program.

Park Geun-hye’s state visit to France ― the first time in 16 years as a Korean president ― will be made when this year marks the 130th anniversary of diplomatic ties between the two countries.