(MENAFN - Qatar News Agency) Oul june 16 (qna) - south korean president park geun-hye left for uzbekistan on monday to forge closer economic and other ties with the central asian nation once at the center of the trade route between asia and europe.
the three-day state visit comes as park seeks to lay the groundwork for the "eurasia initiative" she proposed in october. the initiative calls for building more infrastructure and freeing up trade between eurasian nations to create what could become a large single market rivaling the european union according to south korea's (yonhap) news agency.
on tuesday park is scheduled to hold summit talks with uzbek president islam karimov to discuss ways to deepen the two countries' "strategic partnership" in political economic and other affairs presidential officials said.
the visit will also be an opportunity to ensure uzbekistan's cooperation on korean peninsula issues such as the denuclearization of north korea officials said.
on wednesday park will visit uzbekistan's second-largest city of samarkand known for its central position on the former "silk road" trade route between china and the mediterranean.
from there she will fly to kazakhstan for a three-day state visit that includes summit talks with kazakh president nursultan nazarbayev. (qna)
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