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Subject: Reuters-Myanmar foreign minister to visit South Korea 

Myanmar foreign minister to visit South Korea
05:03 a.m. May 25, 1999 Eastern
YANGON, May 25 (Reuters) - Myanmar Foreign Minister Win Aung will make an
official visit to South Korea this month at the invitation of his
counterpart Hong Soon-young, the official Myanmar News Agency reported on

A Foreign Ministry official said Win Aung would leave for Seoul on May 28
and hold bilateral talks there.

South Korean businesses have been among the foreign investors in
military-ruled Myanmar.

Last year South Korea was among a group of eight countries that urged
Myanmar's generals, who have been widely criticised for their human rights
record, to enter a dialogue with pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a
call they have so far resisted.

Win Aung is due to travel on to Japan to attend an economics-orientated
seminar in Tokyo sponsored by the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper.

The seminar is also expected to be attended by Malaysian Prime Minister
Mahathir Mohamad, Philippine President Joseph Estrada and Indonesian Foreign
Minister Ali Alatas, an official of the Japanese embassy said.

The official said he did not know whether Win Aung would meet his Japanese
counterpart Masahiko Komura in Japan.