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S. Korea, ASEAN culture ministers vow to expand cooperation in culture

October 24, 2019

Culture ministers of South Korea and 10 Southeast Asian nations on Thursday vowed to promote cultural diversity and discover creative content for the future generation in the regions.

The joint statement was issued on the final day of the two-day culture ministers meeting of South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) held in the southwestern city of Gwangju.

“The South Korean and ASEAN culture ministers will cooperate in promoting diversity of cultural expression and discovering creative capabilities based on mutual understanding,” the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism said in a press release. “In particular, South Korea and ASEAN will join hands in offering the future generation a chance to boost their creativity by creating cooperative projects that foster Korea-ASEAN cultural exchanges.”

They also agreed to strengthen cooperation for better preservation and utilization of cultural heritages.

“I hope that the discussion will establish a foothold for a future community between South Korea and ASEAN,” South Korean Culture Minister Park Yang-woo said. “The shared visions will be reviewed and developed further at the South Korea-ASEAN culture ministers meeting to be held in Cambodia next year.”

The ministerial meeting came one month before a leaders’ summit to be held Nov. 25-26 in the southeastern port city of Busan to mark the 30th anniversary of establishing a dialogue partnership between the two sides.

ASEAN consists of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

The South Korean government constantly has worked to expand Korea-ASEAN cultural exchanges as part of the tasks of the New Southern Policy.

The New Southern Policy is President Moon Jae-in’s initiative proclaimed in 2017 to enhance relations with the Southeast Asia.

Culture ministers and officials of South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose at a ministerial meeting in Gwangju on Oct. 24, 2019. (Yonhap)

Culture ministers and officials of South Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pose at a ministerial meeting in Gwangju on Oct. 24, 2019. (Yonhap)

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