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2019-04-18 › S. Korean president wraps up visit to Turkmenistan

TURKMENBASHI, Turkmenistan, April 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in headed to Uzbekistan on Thursday, wrapping up his three-day state visit to Turkmenistan where he held talks with President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Moon arrived in Turkmenistan on Tuesday as part of his tour of three Central Asian countries that will also take him to Kazakhstan.

On Wednesday, he had a summit with Berdimuhamedow where they agreed to further expand their countries' cooperation in the energy plant sector.

Moon briefly visited the country's first and largest petrochemical plant in the western port city of Kiyanly before leaving for Uzbekistan. The plant was built by a global consortium led by South Korea's Hyundai Engineering Co.

Moon was joined by his Turkmen counterpart on his trip to the small city located some 500 kilometers west of Ashgabat, which reportedly came as a surprise to many as President Berdimuhamedow had already visited the town to mark the completion of the plant late last year.

The leaders' joint trip highlighted the economic cooperation between the two countries that they said has steadily increased since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1992.

The Kiyanly plant is the first major project won by South Korean companies in the Central Asian nation, according to Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

South Korean firms jointly have a 71.2 percent stake in the US billion construction project, it said.

Moon was set to arrive in Tashkent later in the day.

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