Parliamentary speaker discusses economic cooperation with Kenya's president

NAIROBI, July 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's National Assembly speaker on Thursday met with Kenya's president and lawmakers to discuss ways to expand bilateral economic ties, officials said.

Parliamentary Speaker Kang Chang-hee met with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta as part of the 13-day trip to three African nations that also include Tanzania and Ethiopia.

Kang also met with the leaders of the upper and lower houses of parliament in Kenya to discuss ways to boost economic and development cooperation between the two nations and help South Korean firms tap into the African market, according to parliamentary officials.

"Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries," Kang said. "I hope that bilateral cooperation will be strengthened in the field of energy development."

He also requested the Kenyan president to allow more Korean firms to participate in construction and infrastructure projects in the African country, according to the officials.

It marked the first time a Korean parliamentary speaker visited Kenya since 1964 when the two countries established diplomatic ties.

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