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Obama to Focus on Security Guarantee FTA in Seoul

(MENAFN- Qatar News Agency) shington April 19 - US President Barack Obama will have two main goals in his trip to South Korea next week assuring Washington's security commitment and promoting bilateral economic ties according to the White House said. Shortly after flying into Seoul on April 25 from Tokyo Obama will head to the War Memorial of Korea to lay a wreath. It is one of the most symbolic places for the alliance as the two nations fought side by side against the invading North Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War. "Following that he will have a bilateral meeting with President Park (Geun-hye) of the Republic of Korea and a joint press conference" US deputy national security adviser for strategic communications Ben Rhodes told reporters. "And then that evening the two leaders will have a working dinner." On Saturday Obama will hold a meeting with business leaders to discuss the South Korea-US economic relationship including the implementation of their free trade agreement and US efforts to draw more investment added Rhodes. After that the president is scheduled to visit the Combined Forces Command (CFC) where he will have a briefing on the US effort to be "resolute in support of our Korean ally and also in the face of North Korean provocations" Rhodes said. Obama plans to make a three-day trip to Tokyo before Seoul as part of his Asia trip which will take him to Malaysia and the Philippines as well. It would be his fourth trip to South Korea as US President.

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