Seoul vows to ensure safety of Koreans during Brazil World Cup

SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's foreign ministry said Thursday it will do its best to ensure the safety of its citizens who will visit Brazil next month for the 2014 World Cup.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it has requested its Brazilian counterpart to beef up efforts to ensure their safety as there are high concerns about crimes and infectious diseases such as dengue fever.

An official at the foreign ministry said as many as 5,000 South Koreans, including spectators and the press, are expected to visit the South American country during the FIFA World Cup in Group H.

The foreign ministry plans to set up ad hoc consular offices in Cuiaba, Porto Alegre and Sao Paulo where the South Korean national football team will hold group-stage matches against Russia, Algeria and Belgium.

The ministry said it also plans to use social networking services such as KakaoTalk messenger in a bid to deliver safety-related messages.

The Brazil World Cup will run from June 12 through July 13. South Korea will play Russia on June 17 in Cuiaba, face Algeria on June 22 in Porto Alegre, and clash with Belgium on June 26 in Sao Paulo.

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