2012-05-14 17:36:54

S. Korean President Visits Myanmar

The leaders of South Korea and Myanmar agreed to strengthen bilateral ties Monday, amid signs that the Southeast Asian country seeks democratic and economic reform.

During a summit with President Thein Sein, South Korean President Lee Myung-bak noted positive progress made in bilateral relations over the past months and that a new era between the two nations was unfolding.

Lee and Sein agreed to expand cooperation in energy, resources and trade with Seoul sharing its experience and expertise in achieving economic growth with the long-isolated country.

President Lee arrived in Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, for the summit with his counterpart after winding up a trip to Beijing for trilateral talks with China and Japan.

Lee is the first South Korean leader to visit the southeastern country since a bombing in Rangoon took the lives of 17 South Korean officials, including several Cabinet ministers on Oct. 9, 1983.

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