Japan, Korea to Join Hands to Aid Afghanistan
SEOUL, January 8 (ë™ì•„ì¼ë³´/ East Asia Daily)
President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso will agree to launch joint projects to help rebuild Afghanistan in their bilateral summit slated for Monday in Seoul, the Japanese daily Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported yesterday.
Both sides will reportedly carry out joint projects in education and medical care, such as the construction of schools and hospitals, through a partnership between the Korea International Cooperation Agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
It is unprecedented for the two neighbors to jointly provide foreign aid. The two countries plan to include leaders of business communities in bilateral summits to help broaden the scope of diplomatic relations, the report added. The leaders of major Japanese business groups will accompany Aso in his upcoming visit to Korea.