ASEAN-SOUTH KOREA COMMEMORATIVE SUMMIT TO BE HELD IN BUSAN

NURUL SHAHEERA BAHTIAR

BUSAN, Nov 23 (Bernama) -- The ASEAN-SOUTH KOREA Commemorative Summit which kicks off on November 25th, will mark the 30th anniversary of the relations between ASEAN and South Korea.

The meeting which will be attended by ASEAN country leaders, is the epitome of the New Southern policy, by promoting bilateral cooperation with ASEAN well as to enhance strategic partnership, said the Director-General of Protocol and Planning Division of the summit, Park So Yeon.

"Presiden Moon Jae-in will bilaterally meet the leader of 10 ASEAN member countries, under the shared vision of creating people centric community, ASEAN and South Korea will try to form a mutually flourishing partnership based on three peace, set out in South Korea's new southern policy, people peace and prosperity" Park told Bernama in an exclusive interview in Busan, South Korea recently. 

She said Busan was chosen as the location for the summit as it is the second largest city in South Korea that has been developing and strengthening its cultural and economic ties with ASEAN.

"Busan is the venue for international conferences, such as the APEC Summit in 2005 and Asean korea commemorative summit in 2014."

"Since Busan is located in the Southern-Eastern tip of Korea, the temperature remain mild throughout the year and since the summit will be held during winter, its mild temperature was also considered," said Park.

Park also explained that an ASEAN culture house was also established in 2017 serving as a platform to enhance Korean understanding about the society and culture of ASEAN member countries. 

For Malaysia, a special summit between the leaders of the 10-member ASEAN countries and South Korea in Busan this month, will be a prelude to next year's celebrations for the 60th anniversary of Malaysia's bilateral relations with South Korea. 

The celebration mood of the 30th anniversary of ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) relations will definitely continue until next year and overlap with the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Malaysia and the ROK (South Korea). 

Prime Minister, Tun Dr Mahathir is also expected to visit Busan to attend the summit and meet the President of Korea, Moon Jae-in in Seoul. 

-- BERNAMA