South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon arrived late Monday to pay an official visit to Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe.
Lee’s visit to Tajikistan comes at the invitation of Tajikistan’s Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda and is the first time a South Korean prime minister will visit the Central Asian country.
“South Korean Prime Minister [Lee Nak-yon] will meet with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon [during his visit],” the foreign ministry said.
Lee is also expected to meet with Rasulzoda and Dushanbe’s mayor, Rustam Emomali.
The talks are expected to cover South Korea-Tajikistan cooperation in various areas and several bilateral agreements are expected to be signed.
South Korea and Tajikistan are expected to discuss ways to boost cooperation in such sectors as social infrastructure, public health, forestry and education.
President Lee and Prime Minister Rasulzoda will attend a briefing session on the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)’s power grid project in the Romit district and discuss diversified bilateral cooperation in health, medical, forestry and education fields.
The South Korean official’s trip is aimed at strengthening diplomatic ties and pursuing a balanced foreign policy in the Middle East and Central Asia, according to korean Yonhap News Agency.