Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea Lee Nak-yon, who arrived in Kyrgyzstan for an official visit.

During the meeting the prospects for bilateral cooperation between the countries were discussed.

“This is the first high-level visit from the Republic of Korea over the past 28 years, since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries. I am confident that your visit will contribute to strengthening friendship and enhancing the interaction of countries,” said Jeenbekov.

He noted with satisfaction that the Kyrgyz-Korean business forum held on the eve, which was attended by leaders and representatives of more than 200 Korean companies, will give its positive results in the future.

Jeenbekov stressed that the numerous Korean diaspora in Kyrgyzstan contributes to the deepening of cooperation with Korea. Its representatives are public figures, major entrepreneurs and intellectuals who contribute to the development of the national economy.

Jeenbekov also expressed gratitude to the Korean side for assistance in the implementation of socio-economic projects in the country and noted the positive activities of the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOIKA) in Kyrgyzstan. The amount of grant aid provided by Korea over the years now makes USD 42 million.

The prime minister of Korea also noted that he is the first head of the Korean government, who arrived for an official visit to Kyrgyzstan since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the countries.

“This visit is belated, but we will make maximum efforts to accelerate the development of bilateral relations. We respect the wisdom of the leadership of Kyrgyzstan, thanks to which democratic processes are developing steadily in the country, new markets are opening up, and the economy is growing,” Lee Nak- yon said.

Korean prime minister stressed that KOICA’s assistance is modest, but the Korean side is always happy to assist Kyrgyzstan. He expressed readiness for further assistance in the implementation of other projects and spoke about plans to provide assistance to Kyrgyzstan in the fields of education, administration and development of agricultural technologies in the near future in the amount of about USD 7 million.

Lee Nak- yon expressed hope for expanding contacts and cooperation not only at the government level, but also between business structures, which will create conditions for attracting direct investments.

The meeting also discussed issues of cooperation in the areas of digitalization, education, tourism, enhancing trade and economic ties.