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PMs of S. Korea, Portugal vow efforts to boost economic ties

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon has met with Portugal's Prime Minister António Costa and agreed to work together to expedite their economic exchanges and cooperation, Lee's office said on May 4, 2019.

During the meeting held in Lisbon on May 3, 2019, the two officials discussed ways to facilitate bilateral cooperation in a wide range of fields including the economy, energy and science, according to the prime minister's secretariat in Seoul.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon (left) shakes hands with Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa ahead of their talks in Lisbon on May 3, 2019.

Pointing to Portugal's stable economic situation and marked growth, Lee called for "the continued expansion of cooperative relations between the two countries by boosting corporate investment in each other."

Expressing high interest in South Korea's auto industry, Costa asked for Korean firms' active investment in its auto parts technologies.

Moving on to geopolitical issues, Lee expressed gratitude for Portugal's "constant support for peace of the Korean Peninsula," and Costa reaffirmed his country's constant backing for such peace initiatives, according to Lee's office.

The Portuguese prime minister also expressed his president's willingness to invite President Moon Jae-in to his country, the officials said, while noting that Costa is scheduled to visit South Korea in July.

Lee was in the European country on his way to Colombia from Kuwait. He embarked on the overseas trip on Tuesday, which will also take him to Ecuador before he returns home on May 10.

Park Byung-uk  edt@koreapost.com

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