South Korea and France will hold a bilateral policy consultative meeting in Seoul on Friday to enhance their cooperation on Africa-related issues including development, anti-piracy efforts and security, Seoul's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
The two countries have held four senior-level diplomatic meetings since 2009 as Korea seeks to learn from France's experiences in enhancing ties with the resource-rich yet conflict-laden African continent.
Kwon Hee-seog, director-general for the African and Middle Eastern Affairs Bureau at the ministry, will lead the South Korean delegation. His counterpart will be Jean-Christophe Belliard, director of African and Indian Affairs at the French foreign ministry.
During the planned meeting, Seoul is to explain its efforts to beef up diplomacy with Africa through cooperation in the areas of development and security.
"The two sides are also expected to discuss development cooperation, peace and security, anti-piracy efforts and cooperation in consular affairs," the ministry said.
The meeting was last held in Paris in November 2014.