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Moon, Aung San Suu Kyi agree to collaborate in building peace, boosting economic ties Updated: 2019-09-04 07:05:51 KST

Korea and Myanmar have agreed to boost joint efforts to build peace.
President Moon Jae-in held a summit with State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday at Myanmar's capital of Nay Pyi Taw.
Understanding that the job requires multilateral support from the international community, the two sides have agreed to work together for a peaceful and nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.
And acknowledging Myanmar's vision of bringing unity among the people, President Moon said he hopes Korea can help resolve the Rohingya crisis.

"We agreed that united efforts from the international community are crucial to establish peace and complete denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula, and as such, we agreed to continue working together towards that goal. I understand that Myanmar prioritizes the "Myanmar Peace Process" and is working to unite its country and peoples like the Rakhine issue. I hope our countries can move forward together by means of mutual cooperation."

And with the Korea-ASEAN special summit and the Korea-Mekong summit scheduled to take place in Busan this November, the State Counsellor vowed to make full efforts to ensure that the upcoming events are hosted successfully.

Over in the economic front
The two sides have agreed to jointly develop infrastructure in Myanmar, for a more efficient economic partnership.
Seoul and Nay Pyi Taw have created a joint industrial complex, which is expected to attract more investment from Korean companies, ultimately leading to both countries' economic growth.
President Moon will visit the site on Wednesday, where he will deliver a keynote speech at a business forum and a groundbreaking ceremony held at the complex.

The Myanmar government will also establish a 'one-stop service center' to help Korean companies enter Myanmar's market, as well as a 'Korea Desk' that aims to improve the environment for Korean businesses in the country.

And noting how the number of Korean visitors to Myanmar soared after it exempted them from visa procedures, the Myanmar government has decided to extend the program another year, beginning October.
In 2018, more than 72-thousand Koreans visited Myanmar 84 percent more compared to the previous year.

"President Moon's visit to Myanmar opens a new chapter in bilateral relations with the two countries agreeing to boost cooperation in many sectors. Tuesday's summit marks a fresh momentum for Korea to move forward with its 'New Southern Policy.' Park Hee-jun, Arirang News, Nay Pyi Taw."
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