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South Korean President Park Geun-hye welcomed New Zealand Prime Minister John Key for a bilateral summit in Seoul, the capital city of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The two leaders held a first meeting on the sidelines of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit.
Mr. Key's official visit took place on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Armistice of the Korean War (1950-1953) in which 6000 New Zealand troops participated. Both countries have enjoyed friendly relations since then – 30,000 Koreans reside in New Zealand –, and their respective people have positive views about each other.
As two "advanced" countries, ROK and New Zealand have "enormous potential for collaboration considering their complementary industrial structures," said President Park notably in the fields of "agriculture technologies" and "infrastructure expansion project for public transportation and electricity transmission and distribution." The recent conclusion of a bilateral Free Trade Agreement (FTA) will certainly help achieve these goals, explained Prime Minister Key.
On the international scene, New Zealand supported ROK's North Korea (DPRK) policy, "especially the facilitation of constructive dialogue," said Mr. Key, citing regular defense consultations and the recent effectuation of the Agreement between the two governments on the protection of classified military information.
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