SBY to attend Korean nuclear summit as state guest

16 March, 2012 | Source: The Jakarta Post

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will be the only state leader considered on a state visit by the South Korean government when he travels to Seoul for the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit.

“President Yudhoyono is the only leader out of 45 world leaders who will be an honored guest of the state,” South Korean Ambassador to Indonesia Kim Young-sun said on Friday.

Kim added that Yudhoyono’s visit would include a bilateral meeting with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. The meeting will cover “all agenda, such as economic cooperation, defense cooperation, and cultural”.

He was speaking at a ceremony at which state aircraft-maker PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) delivered the fourth CN-235 maritime patrol aircraft for the Korea Coast Guard at Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung.

The nuclear summit will see representatives from 60 countries and the international community, such as the European Union. State leaders from 43 countries such as China, Russia and the United states are scheduled to attend the summit.

Kim said that Yudhoyono would be treated as a state guest, which reflected the importance of Indonesia to South Korea. He believed the meeting of both presidents would propel South Korea-Indonesia cooperation, especially in the defense industry, to a higher level.

“The meeting is also a stepping stone for our two countries to deepen our strategic partnership.”

The ambassador said he had been instructed to welcome and serve Yudhoyono as a state guest. “We will provide a full guard, state dinner, followed by a performance, so we are going to treat him as the best guest.”

Kim also told The Jakarta Post that his country would designate 2013 as the South Korea-Indonesia Friendship Year to commemorate the 40th year of normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“We are going to designate next year as the year of friendship and cooperation between the two peoples,” he said.

Diplomatic ties between the two countries were established in May 1966 at a consular level before being upgraded to full diplomatic relations on Sept. 18, 1973.

 

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