South Korean President returns home from Thailand visit


BANGKOK, Nov 11 – South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak and his spouse left on Sunday Bangkok after a three-day official visit to Thailand.

The South Korean President visited Thailand as the guest of the Thai government from November 9-11.

The two leaders held bilateral talks and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to boost strategic partnership between the two countries. South Korea supports Thailand’s efforts to be a hub of transportation for ASEAN countries and transportation projects, particularly Dawei deep sea port.

The two leaders were satisfied with mutual agreement related to politics, economy, and science. It targeted increasing skyrocketing trade value to US$30 billion in the next five years.

During his visit, the president paid his respects at the Monument of the Korean War Veterans at the 21st Infantry Regiment in Chonburi province to commemorate Thai soldiers participating in the Korean War in 1950.

The visit will be his first official visit to Thailand as President of the Republic of Korea. His previous visits to Thailand were to participate in the 12th ASEAN-ROK Summit, the 12th ASEAN Plus Three Summit and the 4th East Asia Summit (EAS) in Cha-am Hua Hin in October 2009.