Mayor of S. Korean city postpones visit to friendship city in Japan.
The mayor of Suwon city in South Korea has postponed a planned visit to his city's "friendship city" of Fukui in central Japan, which was scheduled for the end of August, Fukui city said Monday.
According to Fukui city, Suwon informed it on Friday that it wanted to put off the visit by Mayor Yeom Tae Young due to a scheduling conflict.
In the wake of South Korean President Lee Myung Bak's controversial visit to disputed islands claimed by Japan on Aug. 10, the decision appears to have been made in consideration of strained bilateral ties.
A Fukui city official said the postponement is regrettable.
Fukui and Suwon became friendship cities in 2001. In January of this year, Fukui received a request from Suwon for an inspection, with a goodwill visit to Fukui and a trip to the Ichijodani Asakura Clan ruins outside the city slated for Aug. 24 to 27.
Lee's visit to the disputed islets, known as Dokdo in South Korea and Takeshima in Japan, further strained diplomatic ties between the two countries. Japan has recalled its ambassador to Seoul in protest against the visit and exchange programs between the two countries have been interrupted.
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|Publication:||Asian Political News|
|Date:||Aug 20, 2012|
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