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2019-04-18 › Moon set to visit Kiyanly petrochemical plant

ASHGABAT, April 18 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was expected to highlight cooperation between his country and Turkmenistan with a visit Thursday to the country's first and largest petrochemical plant, built by a global consortium led by a South Korean firm.

The trip to the western port city of Kiyanly comes one day after Moon's bilateral summit with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, in which the leaders agreed to further expand the countries' economic cooperation and exchange.

Moon arrived here Tuesday on a three-day state visit, becoming the second South Korean head of state ever to visit Turkmenistan.

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, led by Hyundai Engineering Co., jointly have a 71.2 percent stake in the US billion construction project to build Turkmenistan's first petrochemical plant, it said.

Moon and Berdimuhamedow earlier welcomed the successful construction of the plant in their summit here and agreed to further expand the countries' cooperation in the energy plant industry.

Moon was also expected to meet South Korean workers at the plant to congratulate them on their successful completion of their construction work late last year.

He will wrap up his three-day visit to Turkmenistan later in the day and head for Uzbekistan, the second stop in his three-nation tour that will also take him to Kazakhstan.

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