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S Korean, U.S. top diplomats to meet on margins of aid conference

11-24-2011 16:20 BJT

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- South Korean foreign minister Kim Sung-hwan will hold talks with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the sidelines of an international conference on aid, the foreign ministry here said Thursday.

Clinton is scheduled to arrive in the port city of Busan next Tuesday to attend the Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness, and is expected to meet with Kim on Wednesday.

She has no plans yet to meet with other South Korean officials during the three-day Busan forum, according to the foreign ministry.

The two diplomats are expected to discuss a bilateral free trade agreement recently endorsed in both countries, nuclear issues of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and possible fresh sanctions against Iran.

Following the Busan trip, Clinton is scheduled to leave for Myanmar.

The conference, to be joined by some 2,500 participants including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, comes as South Korea, formerly a aid recipient, seeks to triple its official development aid by 2015.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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