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South Korean PM in Morocco for Business Cooperation Next Week

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon will visit three North African countries next week to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation, South Korean news agency Yonhap, reported Thursday.

A seven-day trip will take Lee to Algeria on December 16, Tunisia on December 18, and Morocco on December 20.

In a two-day visit to Morocco, the South Korean prime minister will meet with Morocco’s Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani.

Lee “plans to ask Morocco to help Korean companies participate in large state projects,” according to Yonhap.

Since former Korean prime minister Chung Hong-won visited Morocco in 2014, it will be the first time a South Korean prime minister make an official visit to Algeria and Tunisia.

Lee will meet his Algerian counterpart Algeria Ahmed Ouyahia to discuss ways to boost economic partnerships between the two countries, especially in construction and infrastructure projects.

During his trip to Tunisia, Lee will meet Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi and other government officials.

Given the three nation’s strategic location linking Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, the Korean prime minister seeks to deepen economic ties with the North African countries and promote investment for his country’s business companies.

Lee’s planned visit to Morocco comes seven months after Moroccan head of government EL Othmani visited Seoul in May at the invitation of Lee. It was the first time a Moroccan head of government visited South Korea.

In the May meeting, both Lee and El Othmani discussed the bilateral cooperation that has united the two countries since diplomatic relations opened in 1962.

El Othmani led a delegation which included a number of ministers.

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