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S. Korea, Philippines seek stronger ties

SEOUL, January 10, 2011 (AFP) – South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-Hwan and Philippine counterpart Alberto Romulo held talks Monday on promoting cooperation in industry, trade and consular affairs, officials said.

The two exchanged views on building a multi-industry cluster in the Philippines as part of Seoul’s development aid program and discussed ways to increase nuclear energy cooperation, the foreign ministry said.

South Korea is eager to export nuclear power plant technology as a new growth engine for its economy.

In December 2009 a South Korean-led consortium won a 20.4 billion dollar contract to build four nuclear plants in the United Arab Emirates, and Seoul hopes to secure deals with other countries.

Romulo expressed support for Seoul’s policy on North Korea’s nuclear programme and its deadly artillery attack on a South Korean island in November.

Romulo also met South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak, who issued an invitation to President Benigno Aquino to visit, a pool report said.

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