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Aquino on state visit to South Korea next month
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- President Benigno Aquino III will pay a state visit to South Korea from October 17-18 on the invitation of President Park Geun-hye, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday.

During the visit, the two heads of state will discuss political, defense, economic and development cooperation and exchange views on regional and international challenges.

Aquino will also meet with the Korean business community to promote the Philippines as a trade and investment destination and also interact with the Filipino community in Seoul.

The two countries established relations in 1949.

When the Korean War broke out in 1950, the Philippines sent a contingent to join the United Nations coalition against North Korea.

Since then, the DFA said the two countries have developed “dynamic economic relations,” with South Korea among the country’s “leading partners in trade, investments and development cooperation.”

South Korea is also the leading source of tourists to the country, with more than a million visiting the Philippines in 2012, or almost a quarter of tourist arrivals for that year.