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Moon calls for expanding exchanges with Visegrad Group countries

11:37 November 07, 2021

SEOUL, Nov. 7 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in instructed aides to make greater efforts to strengthen exchanges with Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, known collectively as the Visegrad Group, noting their economies are growing dynamically compared with Western European nations, a senior presidential official said Sunday.

Moon issued the instruction after returning from a three-nation European trip that included a summit in Hungary with the four Visegrad Group countries, senior presidential secretary for communication Park Soo-hyun said in a Facebook posting.

Park quoted Moon as saying that companies are well aware of how dynamic the V4 countries are, but people and the media don't appear to be, and the government should inform people about the countries in detail and strengthen cooperation with them.

"V4 represents the biggest destination of investment in the European Union and about 650 South Korean companies already have a presence there," Moon was quoted as saying. "Compared with Western European economies that are in the doldrums or slumps, this region is growing dynamically."

Moon also said South Korea and the four nations have similarities in that they have achieved democracy after overthrowing military-led authoritarian regimes or communism, according to Park.

Moon instructed aides to ensure cooperation with the V4 nations will continue in the next administration too, Park said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) holds a summit meeting with the prime ministers of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, known collectively as the Visegrad group, in Budapest on Nov. 4, 2021. During the meeting, the leaders agreed to bolster their cooperation in the fields of economy, science, technology and climate change. (Yonhap)



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