Moon tours Central Asia

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South Korea-Turkmenistan summit
Moon and Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, the President of Turkmenistan, had a summit on 17th last month and discussed on substantial cooperation in energy and transport alongside raising peaceful and friendly cooperation between the two countries. They shared the same view on the Korea’s New Northern Policy and the Turkmenistan’s promotion of logistic industry. 

Turkmenistan is seeking cooperation potential with South Korea in the fields of energy, transport and water and the singing the MOU for Kiyanly Plant Production Sales Subsidiaries between the two countries is expected to bring the second and the third Kiyanly projects in the following years. 

Berdimuhamedov praised the Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum, which was set sail in 2007, saying that it had been a substantial platform to carry out the multi-body projects between the related countries. In response, Moon said that Korea’s dream of peace in the Korean Peninsula had reached as far as to Eurasia and asked him to keep pushing forward close cooperation. Total of 26 MOUs were signed on various areas including culture, health, synthetic textiles, plant and engineering during the summit.

South Korea-Uzbekistan summit
Moon and Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, had a summit on 19th last month and discussed on establishing Special Strategic Partnership, increasing substantial cooperation and settling down peace and prosperity in the Korean and Central Asian regions. 

The two countries signed Strategic Partnership in 2006 and the summit this year decided to raise it to Special Strategic Partnership. As a result, Uzbekistan will have become one of the four countries that have signed Special Strategic Partnership with South Korea: Indian, Indonesia, UAE and Uzbekistan. Currently, South Korea has had diplomatic ties with 190 countries in the world. 

Moon and Shavkat Mirziyoyev shared the same sentiment on the need to draw substantial cooperation results in the fields of energy, infrastructure, 5G, health and medicine, and education. Shavkat Mirziyoyev especially emphasized on the importance of education, mentioning that the university entrance was only 9% 2 years ago in Uzbekistan but 20% now and expected to be 50% in near future; wishing that he would like to learn from the educational fever in South Korea.

Moon said that about 1,000 out of around 180,000 Koryo-saram (ethic Koreans) in Uzbekistan were living as stateless and Shavkat Mirziyoyev answered that he already had ordered to solve the issue. The two leaders also exchanged opinions on denuclearization and peace in the Korean Peninsula and agreed firm cooperation in the field. Shavkat Mirziyoyev then wished Moon a successful 4th Inter-Korean summit. 

South Korea-Kazakhstan summit
Moon and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the President of Kazakhstan, had a summit on 22nd last month and discussed on substantial cooperation and peace and prosperity in the Korean and Central Asian regions on the occasion of celebrating the 10th anniversary of Strategic Partnership between the two countries. 

Mr. Tokayev expressed his intimacy with the Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the current Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang Kyung-hwa (attended on the summit); and Moon answered that the intimacy would strengthen the cooperation between the two countries further. Mr. Tokayev showed his will of support for denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula and Moon expressed his gratitude to him. 

The two leaders agreed to expand the fields of cooperation to IT, aerospace, health, medicine, defense and many more. It is notable that South Korea is strong in IT as recently has proved one more time with the world’s first 5G while Kazakhstan is strong in aerospace.


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