Published: 16:45, November 20, 2023 | Updated: 17:08, November 20, 2023
S. Korea's Yoon seeks stronger economic, security ties with UK
By Agencies

South Korea's President Yoon Suk Yeol attends 18th East Asia Summit as part of the 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Jakarta on Sept 7, 2023. (PHOTO / AFP)

SEOUL - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol heads to Britain on Monday for a state visit, hoping to boost economic ties and enhance security partnerships.

Yoon's four-day trip will be the first state visit hosted by Britain since the coronation of King Charles and the president will be met with plenty of pomp and ceremony.

Yoon will hold talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday, and adopt an accord on expanding a bilateral partnership

Yoon will receive a guard of honor and ride in a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace, according to the palace.

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He will hold talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Wednesday, and adopt an accord on expanding a bilateral partnership.

Yoon has expressed hope for deeper cooperation with Britain on an "array of geopolitical risks" including supply chains and energy security, the Telegraph said.

"The two countries have more room to cooperate on the economic front," Yoon's spokesperson Lee Do-woon said, noting bilateral trade was worth $12.1 billion last year, fifth among European countries.

Yoon's visit comes after his return from the APEC summit in San Francisco.

From Britain, Yoon will head to France for a visit aimed at bolstering support for South Korea's hosting the 2030 World Expo, his office said.

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The expo host is expected to be decided this month by a vote of member states of the International Bureau of Expositions, the expo organizing body. Its headquarters is in Paris.