Assad to Visit North Korea, Meet Kim – WorldNews

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, North Korean state media reported on Sunday, potentially the first meeting between Mr. Kim and another head of

Source: Assad to visit North Korea, meet Kim – The Hindu

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said he plans to visit North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, North Korean state media reported on Sunday, potentially the first meeting between Mr. Kim and another head of state in Pyongyang.

“I am going to visit the DPRK and meet HE Kim Jong Un,” Mr. Assad said on May 30, North Korea’s KCNA news agency reported.

Mr. Assad reportedly made the remarks as he received the credentials of North Korean Ambassador Mun Jong-nam.

Pyongyang and Damascus maintain good relations, and UN monitors have accused North Korea of cooperating with Syria on chemical weapons, a charge the North denies.

“The world welcomes the remarkable events in the Korean peninsula brought about recently by the outstanding political, calibre and wise leadership of HE Kim Jong Un,” Mr. Assad said, according to KCNA.

According to South Korea’s Foreign Ministry, North Korea established diplomatic relations with Syria in 1966, opening its embassy in Damascus. Syria opened its mission in Pyongyang in 1969.

 

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