South Korea's president to visit White House in October

South Korean President Park Geun-hye will visit the White House on Oct 16.
South Korean President Park Geun-hye will visit the White House on Oct 16.REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye will visit the White House on Oct 16, US officials said, completing a trip postponed in June due to an outbreak of the Mers virus.

"President Obama and President Park will exchange views on a broad range of security, economic, and global issues," the White House said in a statement.

The visit had been scheduled for June 14-18, but was cancelled when Park's administration was accused of an inadequate response to the deadly crisis.

The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) outbreak killed 36 people, the largest outbreak outside Saudi Arabia.

The government introduced sweeping quarantine measures and confined nearly 17,000 people to their homes to restrict the spread of the virus to medical facilities.

It has announced a 22 trillion won (S$26.2 billion) stimulus package, much of which was aimed at supporting businesses hurt by the Mers crisis.

During her Washington visit, Park and President Barack Obama will discuss cooperation on the "environment, energy, space, health, and cybersecurity," the White House said.