Busan, South Korea, September 2, 2017
South Korea and five Southeast Asian countries surrounding the Mekong River agreed on Friday to strengthen diplomatic and economic cooperation during an annual high-level meeting in the southern port city of Busan.
The 7th Mekong-Republic of Korea Foreign Ministers’ Meeting adopted a second action plan outlining the long-term vision and priority projects for their cooperation until 2020.
The conference was attended by the top diplomats of South Korea, Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam, members of the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
“There is no doubt that the enhanced connectivity and rapid economic growth in this critical region of the Mekong will greatly expedite the realization of the ASEAN community. And I believe that it is in the interest of Korea as well since the advancement and prosperity of the ASEAN community will in turn promote both ASEAN-ROK and Mekong-ROK economic cooperation, benefiting people across the region,” Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said in her opening remarks of the meeting.