Papoulias Heading for South Korea

Greek President Karolos Papoulias

Greek President Karolos Papoulias will visit South Korea next week for talks with President Park Geun-hye about enhancing all-round cooperation, Park’s office announced.

Papoulias, who will arrive Dec. 2, will be the first Greek President ever to visit South Korea, the Yonhap news agency said.

The four-day trip includes talks with Park are expected to center on expanding cooperation in trade and investment, shipbuilding and shipping, infrastructure, defense and tourism, Presidential spokeswoman Kim Haing said.

The two leaders are also expected to discuss the situations on the Korean Peninsula and in the region and other global matters, she added.

Park also plans to express gratitude to Papoulias for the wartime support Greece provided to help defend South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War while seeking the country’s understanding and support for her regional peace visions, Kim said.

South Korea and Greece forged diplomatic relations in 1961. Their bilateral trade volume amounted to US$2.14 billion last year.