(MENAFN- Qatar News Agency) Oul July 15 (QNA) - South Korea's President Park Geun-hye will hold summit talks with leaders of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in South Korea's second-largest city of Busan late this year her office said Tuesday.
South Korea plans to further boost a strategic partnership with ASEAN through the special summit set for Dec. 11-12 the presidential office said.
The planned summit is designed to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of dialogue between South Korea and ASEAN said presidential spokesman Min Kyung-wook.
In October Park met with ASEAN leaders in Brunei. South Korea and ASEAN have made strides in their ties since 1989 when they established dialogue according to South Korea's (Yonhap) News Agency.
South Korea forged a free trade deal with ASEAN in 2009 and upgraded their relations to a strategic partnership in 2010.
ASEAN is South Korea's No. 2 investment destination and second-largest trade partner with two-way trade amounting to $135 billion last year.
ASEAN comprises Brunei Cambodia Indonesia Laos Malaysia Myanmar the Philippines Thailand Singapore and Vietnam. (QNA)
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