SEOUL, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha on Thursday held talks with Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi to discuss her country's participation in the upcoming Asian Games in the Southeast Asian country, developing relations between the two countries and the regional political situation, the foreign ministry said.
Kang wished for Indonesia's successful hosting of the Asian Games, saying she hopes it will be a festival of peace just as the last PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea triggered the ongoing rapprochement between the two Koreas.
Athletes from the two Koreas marched together behind a unification flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in February this year and President Moon Jae-in took the opportunity to arrange talks between Pyongyang and Washington. Moon also had his first-ever summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on April 27, during which they agreed to halt all hostile acts against each other, enhance bilateral ties and pursue the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Kang asked for Indonesia's cooperation for the Moon government's New Southern Policy, which seeks to upgrade the country's cooperation with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, while expressing hope that the two countries can further strengthen their "special strategic partnership" forged after Moon's state visit to Indonesia last year.
The Indonesian diplomat arrived in Seoul on Thursday to formally invite President Moon to the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta on Aug. 18.
Marsudi said the forthcoming international sports meet became all the more meaningful with the Koreas' decision to field joint teams.
Kang also expressed thanks to Indonesian President Joko Widodo for showing his willingness to help the inter-Korean dialogue for peace.
"I am grateful to the Indonesian President for showing his willingness to help the inter-Korean dialogue," Kang said. "I think such a position became clearer when the Indonesian President invited the envoys of the two Koreas in the country (to the presidential palace) together right after the Panmunjom Declaration."
She was referring to the declaration from the April 27 inter-Korean summit.
During the talks, Kang also congratulated Indonesia on its fourth successful bid last month to be a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) beginning next year.
"We hope your country will support South Korea's position regarding the key issue of denuclearizing North Korea in the UNSC," she said.
Source: Yonhap News Agency