South Korean Foreign Minister Hong Soon Yung will visit Japan on Sept. 3-4 to meet with his counterpart, Masahiko Komura, and Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi, Foreign Ministry officials said Wednesday.

The visit will pave the way for another visit to Japan by South Korean President Kim Dae Jung in the fall. Komura and Hong will exchange views on such issues as bilateral relations and the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

It will be the first meeting between the two foreign ministers since Komura assumed his post in late July and Hong’s appointment as foreign minister earlier this month. The two foreign ministers agreed during a telephone conversation earlier this month to work together to establish new bilateral partnerships in a variety of fields when Kim visits Japan.

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