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Assad to meet Kim in NKorea


Syrian President Bashar al-Assad plans to make a state visit to North Korea, according to the North’s KCNA news agency.

It would be the first time North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has hosted a head of state since assuming power in 2011.

He has undertaken a flurry of diplomatic activity recently, meeting China’s president in May, and is expected to attend a summit with US President Donald Trump this month.

Syria, an ally of the North, has made no comment on the reported plan.

The two countries have been accused of co-operating on chemical weapons. But both nations deny the accusations.

No date for the visit was mentioned by the KCNA news agency.

It quoted Mr. Assad as saying on Wednesday: “I am going to visit [North Korea] and meet Kim Jong-un.”

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