(LEAD) S. Korean foreign minister arrives in Mongolia to deepen bilateral ties
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ULAANBAATAR/SEOUL, Aug. 28 (Yonhap) — South Korean Foreign Minister Park Jin arrived in Mongolia on Sunday to hold talks with his Mongolian counterpart on bilateral relations and regional and global issues.
His trip – the first visit to Mongolia by a South Korean foreign minister on a bilateral basis since 2014 – comes as the country has recently drawn attention to its rich resources as part of international efforts to secure the global supply chains.
Shortly after arriving in Ulaanbaatar, Park visited a memorial park honoring South Korean independence fighter Lee Tae-joon, who opened a hospital there in the 1910s to fight infectious diseases and supported Korea’s struggle against Japanese colonial rule from 1910-1945.
Created in 2001, the park has become a symbol of friendship between the two nations.
“This is an opportunity to imprint deeply in my heart the noble spirit of Lee who sacrificed himself for the independence of his home country and served the Mongolian people with medical expertise based on his philanthropic spirit,” Park said.
“Inheriting this spirit, South Korea will put national interests first and strive to become a global pivotal state contributing to global freedom, peace and prosperity,” he added.
Before leaving for Mongolia, Park said his trip aims to deepen “practical” bilateral cooperation in areas of economic security and strengthen solidarity between the two nations sharing “universal values”.
“We would like to deepen cooperation with Mongolia, the 10th most resource-rich country in the world, to stabilize and diversify supply chains,” Park told reporters.
Park added that he plans to deliver President Yoon Suk-yeol’s handwritten letter, wishing the development of bilateral relations, to Mongolian President Khurelsukh Ukhnaa.
On Monday, Park is expected to meet with his counterpart, Batmunkh Battsetseg, to discuss bilateral relations and other issues of common interest.
During his stay, which runs until Tuesday, Park also plans to pay courtesy visits to the Mongolian president and other political leaders, according to his office.