South Korean president’s envoy to attend Humala inauguration



Peruvian President-elect Ollanta Humala (Photo: Andina/Piero Vargas )

A senior South Korean lawmaker and brother of President Lee Myung-bak will visit Peru as a presidential envoy next week to attend the inauguration ceremony of Peruvian president-elect Ollanta Humala, the Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

Rep. Lee Sang-deuk of the ruling Grand National Party will attend the ceremony on July 28, the ministry said in a statement. Humala won the presidential election last month.

During the visit, the envoy will deliver President Lee’s message to bolster bilateral economic relations, according to the statement.

After his visit to Peru, the presidential envoy plans to visit Bolivia and Ecuador, where business projects of developing lithium or building solar power plants will be high on the agenda, the statement said.

South Korea and Bolivia signed a deal last year to develop the world’s largest salt flats and lithium resources in the South American country, which boasts nearly half of the world’s known lithium reserves, Yonhap reported.