South Korea calls for closer ties with France

19th March 2007, Comments 0 comments

SEOUL, March 18, 2007 (AFP) - South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun called Sunday for closer defence ties with France at his meeting with visiting French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.

SEOUL, March 18, 2007 (AFP) - South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun called Sunday for closer defence ties with France at his meeting with visiting French Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie.

At the meeting, Roh said the two countries should step up efforts to boost military cooperation, his office said in a statement.

Roh and Alliot-Marie also discussed regional security such as North Korea's nuclear weapons programme and inter-Korean relations, it said.

Alliot-Marie, who arrived here Friday, expressed hope that her visit would promote "military exchanges and cooperation in defence industries" between the two countries, it said.

The French minister visited Panmunjon, a truce village in the demilitarised zone separating the two Koreas, before departing for China on the last leg of her tour of Northeast Asia.

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